The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr James Reilly launched a new national strategy intended to ensure that children and young people have a voice in decision making that affects their lives. In a first for Europe, the Minister has launched the National Strategy on Children and Young People’s Participation in Decision Making (2015-2020).
Speaking at the launch in Dublin on the 17th June 2015 Minister Reilly said “We are proud to be the first country in Europe to develop a National Strategy on Children and Young People’s Participation in Decision-Making. The goal of this strategy is to ensure that children and young people have a voice in decisions about their individual and collective everyday lives in their communities, in education, on their health and wellbeing and in legal settings”.
The strategy, which is a constituent of Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures: The National Policy Framework for Children and Young People (2014-2020) is primarily aimed at children and young people under the age of 18, but embraces young people in the transition to adulthood. It is guided and influenced by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.
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