Progress on Children’s Rights Celebrated at Launch of New Guide

Published date: 
26 Nov 2014

 

Press Release
Wednesday, 26th November 2014

Progress made in entrenching the rights of children and young people has been celebrated at the launch of a new guide to their rights by Dr James Reilly TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs today (26.11.2014).  The guide, ‘Know Your Rights – The Rights of Children and Young People’, is a joint publication of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) and the Children’s Rights Alliance.

‘Know Your Rights – The Rights of Children and Young People’ is the latest in the ICCL’s Know Your Rights public information series. It is the first guide of its kind which seeks to comprehensively and accessibly outline the rights of children and young people in Ireland, and has been awarded a Plain English mark by the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA).

Speaking at the launch today, ICCL Director Mr Mark Kelly said:

“This month marked the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. During the last quarter of a century, and since Ireland signed the Convention in 1992, we have seen great strides in the recognition and protection of children’s rights in Ireland. However, much work remains to be done to cement this progress. We still await the outcome of a Supreme Court case in order that the will of the people as expressed in the 2012 children’s rights referendum can be given effect. And although a framework for modern child-centred child and family legislation has been prepared, the Children and Family Relationships Bill has yet to be enacted.

“In this time of continued progress for children, we are delighted to make this new resource available to children and young people seeking accessible information on their rights”

Tanya Ward, CEO of the Children’s Rights Alliance said:

“The Alliance is delighted to team up with the ICCL in publishing this much-needed resource for children and young people. Recent Ombudsman for Children statistics show that even though there has been a steady increase in the number of complaints made to their office, only 3 per cent were made by children themselves. There is indisputably a gap in access to information for children and young people. We hope that this guide, and its promotion at roadshow events around Ireland in 2015, will fill this gap.”

ENDS

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Notes to editor

  • The Launch by Dr James Reilly TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, of ‘Know Your Rights – The Rights of Children and Young People’, was held today at 11am, Wednesday 26 November at the European Parliament Building, 43 Molesworth Street, Dublin 2.
  • Speakers: Dr James Reilly TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs; Ms Tanya Ward, CEO, Children’s Rights Alliance; Mr Mark Kelly, Director, Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL)
  • Photographs from the launch will be filed to picture desks, and will be available from Gareth Chaney at Collins Photo.
  • Jointly published by the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) and the Children’s Rights Alliance, ‘Know Your Rights – The Rights of Children and Young People’ is the first guide of its kind which seeks to comprehensively and accessibly outline the rights of children and young people in Ireland. It has been awarded a Plain English mark by the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA). It will be promoted by the Alliance and ICCL via roadshow and public information events around Ireland throughout 2015. Copies of the guide will be made available on conclusion of the launch at the www.childrensrights.ie and www.iccl.ie and via the above contact details.
  • ‘Know Your Rights: The Rights of Children and Young People’ is the latest in the ICCL’s Know Your Rights public information series, which is designed to inform people in clear and accessible language about their rights under key areas of the law. The pack was produced in partnership with the Children’s Rights Alliance, and explains these rights in plain English. See www.knowyourrights.ie for more details about the Know Your Rights project.
     
Creator: 
Children's Rights Alliance