Minister O’Gorman publishes the Participation of Children and Young People in Decision-making: Action Plan 2024-2028 – DCEDIY Press Release

Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, today published the Participation of Children and Young People in Decision-making Action Plan 2024-2028 .

This Action Plan builds on the ambition and achievements of the first National Strategy on Children and Young People’s Participation in Decision-Making and aims to further promote the inclusion of children and young people in decision making at all levels – in the home, in school, in their communities and at national level.

The successful implementation of this Action Plan will, in the short term, result in the views of children and young people being harnessed to inform policy, services, legislation and research that is relevant to their lives. Their views will also be sought in evaluation and monitoring of relevant services and policies.
Welcoming the announcement, Minister O’Gorman said:
“Ireland is a world leader in participation practices, being the first country in Europe to have a dedicated Participation Strategy for Children and Young People. I am pleased to be able to further progress this important focus with the publication of this Participation of Children and Young People in Decision-making: Action Plan 2024-2028.
The ambitions of this Action Plan will see the voices of children and young people embedded in decisions made across more Government Departments and Agencies than ever before. Public policy can only be improved in the recognition of children and young people as citizens of today, not just adults of the future.”
Full Press Release Here: https://bit.ly/49C11F8