Policy and Literature Review of Goal 1 of the National Children’s Strategy, 2000-2010:
This study was commissioned by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to inform development of a national strategy on children and young people’s participation in decision-making for Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures: The National Policy Framework for Children and Young People, 2014-2020.
Recorded on 18th of August 2016
Author: Ursula Kilkelly, Shirley Martin, Katharina Swirak, and Sarah Field
Publisher: Department of Children and Youth Affairs
Geographic Coverage: National
Type of Resource: Report
Vulnerable groups: Children, Young People
Developed with children and young people? Yes
Type of participation: Practice (International, Regional and/or Domestic)
Availability: Open Access
Keywords: Children, National, Participation, Strategy, Young People
The National Children’s Strategy, Our Children – Their Lives, was adopted in 2000 as the first comprehensive national policy dealing with matters affecting children (Department of Health and Children, 2000).
The strategy’s development was supported by a range of interdepartmental, research and non-governmental experts, and it was informed by consultation with children and young people and invited submissions. The strategy is grounded in six operational principles, namely that all actions taken will be child-centred, family-oriented, equitable, inclusive, action-oriented and integrated. It recognises that children have an innate dignity as human beings; enrich the quality of all our lives; are especially vulnerable; thrive through the love and support of a family life; should be supported to explore, enjoy and develop their varied talents; and need help to learn responsibility as they grow towards adulthood and full citizenship.