Press Release

Appendix – Overview of the National Children’s Strategy

The Strategy sets out a vision for children to work towards: ‘An Ireland where children are respected as young citizens with a valued contribution to make and a voice of their own; where all children are cherished and supported by family and the wider society; where they enjoy a fulfilling childhood and realise their potential’

Six principles are identified to guide all actions to be taken i.e. that they are child centred, family oriented, equitable, inclusive, action orientated and integrated.

The Strategy proposes a more holistic way of thinking about children, a ‘whole child’ perspective, which reflects contemporary understanding of childhood and sets three National Goals for Children:

National Goal: Children will have a voice in matters which affect them and their views will be given due weight in accordance with their age and maturity.

National Goal: Children’s lives will be better understood; their lives will benefit from evaluation, research and information on their needs, rights and the effectiveness of services.

National Goal: Children will receive quality supports and services to promote all aspects of their development.

The locations for the visits by Minister Hanafin are as follows:

23rd February Limerick Limerick, Tipperary and Clare
2nd March Cork Cork
9th March Galway Galway, Roscommon and Longford
23rd March Monaghan Monaghan, Louth and Cavan
27th March Dun Laoghaire Dublin, Wicklow, Kildare
30th March Waterford Waterford, Wexford, Kilkenny and Carlow

Other visits to be organised will incorporate other counties