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Kay Tisdall, John Davis, and Malcolm Hill

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9781861346629

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861346629.001.0001

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

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

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Children, young people and social inclusion
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John Pinkerton

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861346629.003.0007

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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