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The Irish National Children’s Strategy: lessons for promoting the social inclusion of children and young people

John Pinkerton

in Children, young people and social inclusion

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9781861346629
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301820 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861346629.003.0007
The Irish National Children’s Strategy: lessons for promoting the social inclusion of children and young people

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This chapter focuses on the Irish National Children's Strategy published in 2000. It was an internationally innovative attempt to address, within a national jurisdiction, the global agenda of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), ratified by Ireland in 1992. The 10-year strategy commits to three overarching and interlinked goals: to give children a voice; to understand children's lives better; and to provide children with quality support and services. This chapter describes the origins, development and contents of the strategy, noting the links to the wider imperative of social inclusion within a society that, during the 1990s, saw rapid economic growth and cultural change. It concludes that for participation to advance the social inclusion of children and young people within Ireland, it must form adults and children into a ‘policy community’ close to government within the framework of social partnership.

Keywords: Irish children; UNCRC; social inclusion; cultural change; social partnership

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Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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