The goal of the Children’s Rights Alliance is to secure the changes in legislation policies and services required to ensure the implementation in Ireland of the principles and provisions of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. In accordance with this goal, the Alliance has been pursuing key objectives since its establishment in 1995; these are realising and defending children’s rights, monitoring and identifying the gaps in the protection of children’s rights and improving the implementation of law and Government policies.
EPIC is a national organisation that works with and for children and young people who are currently living in care or who have experience of living in care. EPIC’s mission is to advocate at a national and local level for the rights of young people in and with care experience and to promote the voices of young people in and with care experience. EPIC bases its advocacy work on meaningful engagement with young people and adults with care experience, documented data and commissioned research.
Helen Lynch is Director of the Occupational Therapy Graduate Studies programme and a member of the steering committee of ISS21 Childrern and Young Peoples group. In 2004 she joined the department of Occupational Therapy in UCC as full-time lecturer and Director of Brookfield Occupational Therapy Clinic. She designed and coordinated the second year Occupational Therapy programme, focusing on Occupational Therapy applied to early childhood and teenagers for eight years. She is now Year Four coordinator and leads the teaching on research in the programme. She supervises undergraduate research projects related to children and family-centred practice and delivers masters modules in professional reasoning.
Hugh Frazer is an independent expert who advises national European and international organisations (e.g. European Commission and UNICEF) and NGOs (e.g. Eurochild, European Anti Poverty Network, ESN) on the development of social inclusion policies and strategies with a particular focus on issues of child poverty.
Maria Corbett is a PhD student at the School of Law – National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG). She focuses on child protection, family support and child law. Maria undertakes court reporting for the Child Care Law Reporting Project and she is currently a board member of Kid’s Own Publishing Partnership and the Ark Cultural Centre. Maria has twenty years experience as a children’s rights advocate, legal and policy analyst and researcher. For 14 years from 2001, she led the policy work of the Children’s Rights Alliance in Ireland.
Despite being one of Europe’s wealthiest countries, 23.9% of children in Ireland (Eurostat, 2019) are at risk of poverty or social exclusion (decrease from 25.2% in 2017). Almost 4,000 children…