Policy and Literature Review of Goal 1 of the National Children’s Strategy, 2000-2010

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Policy and Literature Review of Goal 1 of the National Children’s Strategy, 2000-2010:

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Policy and Literature Review

Contributors

Author: Ursula Kilkelly, Shirley Martin, Katharina Swirak, and Sarah Field

Publisher: Department of Children and Youth Affairs

Date: 2015

Geographic Coverage: National

Type of Resource: Report

Sector/setting: Government

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

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Introduction

The National Children’s Strategy, Our Children – Their Lives, was adopted in 2000 as the first comprehensive national policy dealing with matters affecting children.

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.