As part of our 2008-2012 Strategic Plan our aim is to promote the views of youth organisations as they relate to the delivery of child protection policy, practice and procedures for their organisations and their members by:
* Having NYCI recognised as the primary Child Protection advocate for the youth sector. This will be done by providing evidence showing that national policy is reflective of the views and needs of the sector and that the necessary resources are provided.
Children and Family Relationships Bill 2014
In light of our decision to support a yes vote in the Children's Referendum, NYCI supports the inclusion of the key principles of ‘best interest’ and ‘voice of the child’ which are now reflected in the Children and Family Relationships Bill.
Children First Bill
The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) was invited to present to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children today to respond to the Heads of the Children First Bill published by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald.
NYCI raised a number of issues about the implications of the Bill, in particular for those who work in the youth work sector, including:
- The importance of clarity around reporting thresholds
- Provision for volunteers and affiliated groups or regionally structured organisations
- Linking of forthcoming Garda vetting legislation
This presentation was followed up with a more comprehensive Submission to the Department of Children and Youth Affairs on the bill.