The Children's Referendum: Why is Campaign for Children calling for a Yes vote in the Referendum?

Katie Mannion is Legal Researcher at Campaign for Children, a public information campaign on children’s rights in Ireland. Campaign for Children is committed to an Ireland where children are recognised and respected as full individuals within society. During 2012, Campaign for Children organised seminars on children’s rights including a legal conference on Best Interests and the Voice of the Child. Currently Campaign for Children is leading the national campaign for a Yes vote in the children’s rights referendum together with Barnardos, ISPCC and the Children’s Rights Alliance.

Together with Barnardos, Children’s Rights Alliance and ISPCC , Campaign for Children is leading Yes for Children, a national campaign calling for a Yes vote in the children’s rights referendum. We believe this referendum is an historic opportunity to ensure that this and future generations of children in Ireland are better protected, respected and heard.

Why?

A clear statement in the Constitution of the rights of children as individuals will signify and solidify Ireland’s commitment to protecting and vindicating children’s rights. As far back as 1993, our Chair, Judge Catherine McGuinness called for constitutional amendment to include a statement of the constitutional rights of children. The Constitution is not only our basic law but also sets out the principles behind law and a framework for our society. Through voting ‘Yes’ on 10th November, we can be assured that the future drafters of legislation and future courts will be bound to consider the impact of their decisions on children.

As well as being a legal document, the Constitution is also a political document which sets out our values as a society. Whereas respect for the protection and participation rights of children and young people was not a common feature of discourse in the Continue reading “The Children's Referendum: Why is Campaign for Children calling for a Yes vote in the Referendum?”

The Children's Referendum: Why is Campaign for Children calling for a Yes vote in the Referendum?