PRESS RELEASE: Innovative National Policy Framework commits to tackling childhood obesity and food poverty

Published date: 
16 Apr 2014

Wednesday 16 April 2014: For Immediate Release

The Children’s Rights Alliance warmly welcomes the publication today of Better Outcomes: Brighter Future: the National Policy Framework for Children and Young People 2014-2020.

The Alliance commends the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Francis Fitzgerald TD, and her Department on producing such an ambitious and innovative roadmap for children in Ireland. The Framework commits Government Departments to work together to achieve five national outcomes for children. Encompassing health, education, child protection, poverty and youth participation, this Framework will ensure that no vulnerable child is left behind.

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

“The Government’s National Policy Framework for Children and Young People is a key achievement in the Programme for Government. It contains many important firsts for Ireland. It sets out to tackle childhood obesity, food poverty and to lift over 70,000 children out of poverty by 2020. It commits to services for child victims and aims to reduce the harm often caused by the court proceedings.  

The Framework also pledges to promote child protection and welfare for children in the asylum system and tackle inequalities faced by ethnic minorities, including Travellers and Roma.  It also aims to enable hard to reach groups to access mental health services by making them youth-friendly and inclusive.

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is at the heart of this document and the Children’s Rights Alliance believes the Framework is a powerful vehicle to deliver positive changes for children and young people”.

For further information, please contact:
Julie Ahern
Tel: 087 770 2845
Notes to Editor:

The Children’s Rights Alliance was a member of the National Children’s Advisory Council which advised on the development of Better Outcomes: Brighter Futures.

  • A copy of Better Outcomes: Brighter Future: the National Policy Framework for Children and Young People 2014-2020 can be found here.
  • Better Outcomes: Brighter Futures adopts five outcomes for children and young people:
    • Are active and healthy, with positive physical and mental wellbeing.
    • Are achieving their full potential in all areas of learning and development.
    • Are safe and protected from harm.
    • Have economic security and opportunity.
    • Are connected, respected and contributing to their world.
Children's Rights Alliance