Economic Security

Government Publication

From Poverty to Potential

A Programme for child poverty & wellbeing - Initial Programme Plan 

July 2023- December 2025

Following the decision to establish a Child Poverty and Well-being Programme Office in the Department of the Taoiseach, the government has published the initial Programme Plan: “From Poverty to Potential: A Programme Plan for Child Well-being 2023-2025”.

The government’s vision is to make Ireland the best country in Europe to be a child. This is important because we want every child to be happy and well-cared for, but also because childhood is the foundation of realising broader economic, environmental, and social goals.

The objective of the programme is to focus cross-government attention on those areas that will make the greatest difference, especially for children who are more likely to experience poverty and who face greater challenges in overcoming it. The programme builds on the six priority areas identified by Government which have the potential to bring about significant change for families and children.

Link to Programme Plan 

Link to Child friendly Summary 


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