Press Release

Mr Brian Lenihan T.D. Minister for Children today, (20 July 2005) launched the ISPCC’s five year strategy

Mr Brian Lenihan T.D. Minister for Children today, (20 July 2005) launched the ISPCC’s five year strategy – Citizen Child, at the Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street.

This is an update on the ISPCC’s 2003 strategy – Stopping the Hurt.

The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children was established in Ireland in 1956 following its break from what was formerly known as the NSPCC. In the 1970’s the ISPCC established a number of family centres and pre-school projects in Dublin and other cities. In the mid 1980’s the focus of the organisation moved to a child-centred approach with children’s rights/advocacy as a core component.

Speaking at the launch Minister Lenihan referred to Citizen Child, of which he said “I hope that Citizen Child will make a contribution to bettering the lives of children”

Minister Lenihan also praised the key tenets of Citizen Child: child protection and support, ending cruelty to children and promoting children’s rights.

The Minister also spoke of Child Care developments at national level in particular the Department’s Health Strategy – Quality and Fairness – and its emphasis on the need to recognise and support families and their central role in protecting and promoting children’s health and well-being. He cited the Springboard initiative, Teen Parents Support Initiative and the Youth Advocacy Programme Pilot projects as examples of preventive approach to child welfare which is now the focus of policy in this area, and also emphasized the importance of the statutory and non-statutory services working together for children.

“We know that there are some children who will need the support of the statutory and non-statutory sector if they are to have experiences and opportunities that will allow them to fulfill their potential as children and as adults, in the future” stated the Minister.