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Cross-party motion on funding for Children’s Services

14 January, 2008


Sinn Féin Children's Spokesperson West Belfast MLA Sue Ramsey has welcomed the cross-party motion from the All Party Assembly Group on Children and Young People calling on the Executive to protect, maintain and further develop the investment that has been made in children and young people, through Executive Programme Funds, the Children and Young People's Priority Funding Package, and the Supporting Families Package.

Speaking as one of the sponsors of the Assembly debate Ms Ramsey said:

"At a time of great pressures on public finances and a need for innovative thinking there is no more important issue than investment in parenting.

"We need Political investment in terms of leadership; Policy investment in terms of strategy; and Financial investment in terms of services.

"The Department of Health has published its Families Matter strategy - and this provides a useful start and makes a range of suggestions around service and policy development. The Department of Education is also developing its own 0-6 Strategy which will have elements of parenting and parenting support through early years settings, extended school development and the curriculum. We must is to bring these initiatives together and have a clear agreed focus. We need progress in a joined up way across government that would maximise resources and ensure better outcomes for parents.

"I would like to see how the Education strategy, the DHSSPS Families Matter strategy and Department of Finance-led interdisciplinary group will be take this important work." ENDS

Note to Editors

Motion - All Party Assembly Group on Children and Young People

That this Assembly notes the work of Professor Heckman and Mark Greenberg on government investment with young children; urges the Executive to take note of the outcomes from this work, and to invest in early intervention and prevention; and calls on the Executive to protect, maintain and further develop the investment that has been made in children and young people, through Executive Programme Funds, the Children and Young People's Priority Funding Package, and the Supporting Families Package.

[Mr R Beggs]
[Mrs M Bradley]
[Miss M McIlveen]
[Ms S Ramsey]
[Mrs N Long]
[Ms D Purvis]

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