Welcome to issue 3 of the Children's Rights Alliance's Early Years newsletter.



By Tanya Ward, Chief Executive

Children’s Rights Alliance Congratulates Geoffrey Shannon 

The Brexit process has, thus far, ignored the voices of children and young people.

We, the undersigned, represent over 1800 children’s rights organisations across Europe and believe the rights of children and young people must be protected and championed as part of the process.

Children and young people in the United Kingdom and across the EU will be the most impacted in the long term by the Brexit vote, yet they have had no opportunity to have their opinions heard on this issue by decision-makers.


PRESS RELEASE: Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Children’s Rights Alliance Welcomes Increases to Direct Provision Payment & Back to School Allowance for Children

The Children’s Rights Alliance welcomes today’s announcement by incoming Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD to increase the weekly Direct Provision Allowance from €15.60 to €21.60 and the Back to School Allowance for children by 25%.

Top Irish musicians perform Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony
on World Music Day
in aid of national children’s rights organisation

21 June 2017, Midsummer’s Day and World Music Day, will see Dublin celebrate one of its most exciting musical ventures pushing the boundaries of what can be expected from a classical music performance, with more than 120 musicians taking to the stage to perform the monumental Beethoven's Ninth Symphony alongside four world premieres.


Garda Audit reveals child protection failings at the front line
Children's Rights Alliance responds to independent audit of child protection within An Garda Síochána

Children's Rights Alliance CEO Tanya Ward responds to child protection Garda audit
This paper puts forward real solutions that the Government can take to end child poverty. These are structural changes across a range of services including health, education and family services. This paper was developed under the auspices of the National Advisory Council on Children and Young People by a subgroup of members with the support of their organisations, and augmented through the participation of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.


Measuring Up for Children: Reviewing the 'McMahon' Recommendations

Irish Architectural Archive, 45 Merrion Square East, Dublin 2

Thursday 8 June 2017

10:00am - 3:00pm 

Published in June 2015, the McMahon Report contained 173 recommendations to improve the protection process and direct provision for asylum seekers in Ireland.

The Children’s Rights Alliance and the Prevention and Early Intervention Network welcome the opening of a national discussion on the role of Community Nursing and Midwifery, and are delighted to have the opportunity to make a submission to the consultation process.

This submission seeks to support and inform the consultation process on the development of a Community Nursing and Midwifery Response to an integrated model of care and provides recommendations on how to strengthen the model being proposed by the Department of Health.