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Review of children’s strategy

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald told Aengus O Snodaigh (SF, Dublin SC) that the new framework for children and youth, to build on the original children’s strategy, Our children – their lives (2000) would be finalized in the coming months and published early in the new year  (Dail Eireann, Debates, 26th September 2012, 9-10.  The new framework would take account of the 2011 consultation with 67,000 children and young people; a public consultation this summer in which over a thousand submissions were received, which were now being analyzed;  the advice of the National Children’s Advisory Council; and the views of the National Children’s Strategy Implementation Group.  Her department was also meeting with other government departments to discuss how the framework might impact their policy areas and this process would be completed by the end of next month.