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Sinn Féin welcomes review of the state of children's rights and welfare

1 October, 2003


Sinn Féin Children's Spokesperson, West Belfast representative Cllr Sue Ramsey has welcomed the announcement by the new Commissioner for Children and Young People Nigel Williams, who takes up post today, that he is to undertake a review of the state of children's rights and welfare in the six counties.

Cllr Ramsey said:

"It sends out a very strong signal that on his first day in his job as the new Commissioner for Children and Young People that Nigel Williams has announced that he will carry out a review of the state of children's rights and welfare in the six counties.

"I also welcome the fact that Mr Williams has set the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child as the international benchmark of minimum rights about how those under 18 should be treated.

"Taking a holistic view of children's rights and welfare and setting a high standard for the promotion and protection of children's rights and welfare show that Mr Williams has listened not just the local debate but also the international debate.

"I look forward to working with Mr Williams, particularly given this impressive first day on the job.

"Children and young people are our future. They have been deeply affected by the conflict. Policy decisions across all departments have implications for our children and young people. We need to see a comprehensive strategy put in place that cuts across all departments and brings a central focus on the needs of young people and children and also allows for all policy that affects children to be brought together. The voice of our children and young people must be heard and given due weight at the highest level." ENDS

Note to Editors

Sue Ramsey will lead a Sinn Féin delegation to meet with Mr Williams on October 6th

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