Consultation – National Children’s Strategy 2012

Your Chance to Contribute to development of the next National Strategy for Children in Ireland.

On Monday 11th June, 2012 Ms. Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs launched a public consultation on improving the lives of children and young people. Speaking at today’s launch, which took place at ‘The Ark’ Children’s Cultural Centre in Temple Bar, Minister Fitzgerald stated: “I am delighted to launch this public consultation. When drawing-up new policies and plans, I believe it is vitally-important that government listens to and is led by those we serve. In this case I want to hear from children, young people and parents but also from those practitioners and organisations who work so hard for Ireland’s children and young people.”

The Framework, which will succeed the previous National Children’s Strategy, will set out the Government’s high level policy priorities for children and young people for the next 5 years. It will be followed by more detailed Strategies for Early Years (0-6), Middle Childhood (6-12), and Youth (over 12).
Commenting on the new Policy Framework Minister Fitzgerald said “it will represent a dynamic and forward-looking Government Strategy for Ireland’s Children and Young People. “The lives of Irish children and young people have changed significantly over the past decade. This framework will reflect these changes and will seek to respond to the cutting-edge issues affecting Irish childhood and youth, from economic pressures such as child poverty and youth unemployment to heath problems such as the rise in childhood obesity to cultural influences such as the impact of new technologies, media and consumerism.”

“This framework will provide an important opportunity for a whole-of-government approach to these issues with the ultimate goal of improving the quality-of-life and opportunities for Irish children and young people.”

This stage of public consultation follows-on on from a previous focused consultation of 67,000 children and young people.

You can provide inputs into the consultation by Clicking Here, or on the following image:

Hard copies are available on request, by calling Lo-Call number 1890-253352, or emailing consultation2012@dcya.gov.ie.

You can also find details about the consultation on Facebook and Twitter.