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Children First Bill

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) was invited to present to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children in April 2012 to respond to the Heads of the Children First Bill published by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald.

NYCI raised a number of issues about the implications of the Bill, in particular for those who work in the youth work sector, including:

  • The importance of clarity around reporting thresholds
  • Provision for volunteers and affiliated groups or regionally structured organisations
  • Linking of forthcoming Garda vetting legislation

Download full text of presentation to the Oireachtas Committee. (PDF)

This presentation was followed up with a more comprehensive Submission to the Department of Children and Youth Affairs on the bill.

Download NYCI's Final Submission on the Children First Bill (PDF)