The establishment of the Department for Children and Young People in 2011 and the appointment of the first ever Cabinet level Minister was a significant development. This ensured that the needs, concerns and voice of young people are given greater political priority and prominence in public policy. This Department is also playing a greater role in policy development and coordination, and ensuring that youth policy is integrated across Government. We call on the next Government to give a commitment to retain the position of Minister for Children and Youth Affairs at cabinet rank and maintain the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.
The National Youth Strategy 2015-2020 was published in October 2015. NYCI welcomes the development of Ireland’s first Youth Strategy which addresses the needs of the total youth population, with a particular emphasis on young people experiencing, or at risk of experiencing the poorest outcomes.
The document has its basis in Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures: the National Policy Framework for children and young people 2014-2020 and in particular its young person specific commitments. It sets out a number of priority actions to be undertaken by Government Departments, state agencies and the youth and broader community and voluntary sector. While NYCI would prefer the strategy to be more ambitious, we are of the view that, if fully implemented, it would positively impact on the lives of young people. Therefore, NYCI is calling for the full implementation of the National Youth Strategy.
Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures 2014-2020
NYCI Response to First National Youth Strategy