on the new National Children’s Strategy (2012-2017)
Monday, 4th April – Friday, 8th April 2011
Work has commenced in the Department of Children on the development of a new National
Children’s Strategy. The new Minister for Children, Frances Fitzgerald, TD, would like to find
out the issues of real importance to children and young people all over the country in order
to inform the strategy. The national consultation will give them the opportunity to have their
voices heard in relation to matters that directly affect their lives.
Children and young people are invited to complete questionnaires in all schools and
Youthreach Centres throughout the country from Monday, 4th April – Friday, 8th
April 2011. The questions were designed in consultation with children and young people
themselves and ask about what’s good, what’s not good and what they would change about
being a child or young person in Ireland today.
All data collected will be analysed by a consultation team at Trinity College, Dublin and
fed into the development of the new National Children’s Strategy. A report of the children’s
consultation process will be published online later this year.
This exciting project represents the Government’s commitment to the goals of the current
National Children’s Strategy (2000-2010) and to the continued implementation of the UN
Convention on the Rights of the Child. By helping promote this consultation, you are ensuring
that children and young people in Ireland will have their voices heard on issues of importance
ISSU is very supportive of this consulation, and we look forward to working with the Department of Children on the implementation of this strategy over the upcoming years