Ministerial Appointee to Advisory Council on National Policy Framework for Children and Young People

  • Nicola Carr (Member)

Activity: Consultancy typesContribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups


The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr James Reilly TD, has welcomed the establishment of the Advisory Council, set up under Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures: The National Policy Framework for Children and Young People (2014-2020). The Advisory Council brings together for the first time and into one forum a diverse range of sectoral stakeholder interests in the area of children and young people’s policy provision. The Minister said: “This Advisory Council will provide a platform for members of civil society involved in the area of children and young people to engage with the other implementation structures of Brighter Futures, in order to actively guide and support its implementation… I am particularly pleased to see representation from such a diverse range of groups and individuals which will ensure that the Advisory Council’s work is informed by the experiences and perspectives of all of society.” The community, voluntary and non-government sectors connect with and mobilise communities, families and individuals and so are vital to the successful implementation of Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures. The Advisory Council provides a platform for these sectors to engage with Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures, and to have a role in ensuring it’s successful implementation across these sectors, and the achievement of the five national outcomes for children and young people. The Advisory Council will also advise the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs and the high level Children and Young People’s Policy Consortium on the implementation of Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures and its constituent strategies. It will also have a role in generating support for change among stakeholders, and provide a forum to support implementation and address challenges in a positive, solution focused manner. The Advisory Council consists of 16 members. Nine have been nominated by representative bodies in the areas of Early Years (National Voluntary Childcare Collaborative), Children (Children’s Rights Alliance) and Youth (NYCI). Members include representatives from Early Childhood Ireland, Start Strong, Barnardos, the Children’s Rights Alliance, ISPCC, One Family, BeLonG To, Scouting Ireland and NYCI. A further seven members have been nominated by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. These are individuals with experience and expertise working with and for children and young people, independent experts, and others who are able to offer fresh insights into issues affecting children and young people in Ireland, now and in the future.
Period05 Nov 2014
Work forDepartment of Children and Youth Affairs, Ireland, Ireland