Press Release

National Children´s Strategy: in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Minister supports ISPCC Children´s Forum on the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of the Child

“As Minister of State with Special Responsibility for Children, I am particularly pleased to be here as you discuss and learn about your rights as young people” stated Minister Lenihan. “Ireland ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child on 21 September 1992 and the Convention entered into force in Ireland on 21 October 1992” added the Minister. “The Government´s National Children´s Strategy is the most significant initiative taken to date, towards implementing the UN Convention in Ireland” he continued. “The vision of the Strategy is 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” declared Minister Lenihan.

Dáil na nÓg (The National Children´s Parliament) was set up so that children´s concerns can be fed into public policy making. It provides a forum where children, representing their local areas, can raise and debate issues of concern. Preparations for Dáil na nÓg 2003 are well underway. I will be inviting 200 children and young people, representative of all counties and socio-economic groups, to attend the third sitting of Dáil na nÓg later this year. Dáil na nÓg is an ideal opportunity to support civic, social and personal development in children and can be strongly associated with Article 12 of the UN Convention.

The implementation of the NCS is a clear statement of support to parents, local communities, voluntary agencies and everybody who works with and for children’ concluded the Minister.