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Strategies for women, children, early years, youth justice

The Minister for Justice & Equality, Alan Shatter, told Michael Colreavy (SF, Sligo – N Leitrim) that the first draft of the internal review of the National Women’s Strategy, 2007-2016, would be presented to its monitoring committee at a meeting in June 2012.  Following this it may be edited and if necessary the final report will be submitted to government and, with its approval, published at the earliest opportunity thereafter (Dail Eireann, Debates, 8th May 2012, 517-518).


The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald, told Charlie McConalogue (FF, Donegal NE) that a fresh round of consultation on the new children’s strategy, 2012-2017, would be in place soon after Easter.  The first ever National Early Years Strategy would follow later in the year and for this there would be a focussed consultation with stakeholders (Dail Eireann, Debates, 8th May 2012, 631).  Later, she announced that the early years strategy would cover such issues as health, family support, learning and development, care and education, as well as the structures and policies necessary to improve the early year experience.  She had appointed an expert advisory group drawn from pediatrics, early childhood care and education, child protection and public health nursing, chaired by Dr Eilis Hennessy of UCD.  It would hold its first meeting shortly, announce a public consultation process, focussed consultation and a seminar later in the year on the development of the policy (Dail Eireann, Debates, 15th May 2012, 242).  The new children’s policy framework would address such emerging issues as the new technologies, media and consumerism.


Later, she told Michael Colreavy that she would develop and publish a follow-up National Youth Justice Strategy in collaboration with the Minister for Justice and Equality (Dail Eireann, Debates, 15th May 2012, 326). 

> Constitutional amendment on rights of children: Dail Eireann, Debates, 15th May 2011, 225-6.

> Numbers of social workers for child protection: Dail Eireann, Debates, 15th May 2012, 230-1.