Saturday 25 November 2017

All our children

•Today is World Child Abuse Prevention Day while tomorrow, Universal Children's Day, marks the 22nd anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) -- a human rights treaty which sets out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of children.

The ISPCC is using these dates to remind the Government that while some progress has been made in the area of child protection, there is much still to be done. This year, the ISPCC has welcomed some very positive steps made by the Government to work towards improving our child protection and welfare system including the publication of the Children First National Guidance and the drafting of the National Vetting Bureau Bill.

However it is important at this point to ensure that plans are followed through to completion; that the National Guidance is placed on statutory footing as promised by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs and that the National Vetting Bureau Bill is amended and enacted with the appropriate resources without delay.

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