29 Jan National Strategy on Children and Young People’s Participation in Decision-Making, 2015-2020
3rd Annual Report Launch
“Today as I launch the 3rd report on implementation, I am delighted to see such a positive picture of how the Strategy is being implemented across Government. At cross government level, the voice of young people is being listened to and more importantly, having real impact. Children and young people’s participation is now viewed as an invaluable aspect of policy and service development across national and local government.”
The progress of commitments in the third Annual Report shows how the National Strategy continues to be implemented. All Government Departments and Agencies are actively progressing agreed actions, with 93% of the agreed actions reaching completion or in progress.
Children and Young People’s Participation Hub
The priority action in the strategy for the Department of Children and Youth Affairs was the establishment of a Children and Young People’s Participation Hub, as a national centre for excellence. Hub na nÓg supports Government Departments, State Agencies and non-governmental organisations to give children and young people a voice in decision-making on issues that affect their lives, with a particular focus on those that are seldom heard.
Under the Hub, consultations have been carried out with children and young people on important issues such as Standards at the Oberstown Children’s Detention Centre, on how the voice of the child will be heard in Adoption proceedings as well as informing a change process for the Garda Youth Diversion Programme. Children have also been consulted on how they want to see national programmes such as Cruinniú na nÓg being rolled out, on the Heritage Council Strategy and on cross-government strategies such as LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy.
Additionally, training has been developed and delivered in collaboration with Sport Ireland for five national sporting bodies and organisations, with HIQA to develop participation methods for use in their inspection processes and with the Arts Council for Creative Associates appointed to support the Creative School initiative.
For full details of The National Strategy on Children and Young People’s Participation in Decision-Making, 2015-2020, please visit https://www.dcya.gov.ie/documents/playandrec/20150617NatStratonChildrenandYoungPeoplesParticipationinDecisionMaking2015-2020.pdf