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Minister Kelly welcomes research conference on Children and Young People

26 November, 2008 - by Gerry Kelly

Sinn Féin Junior Minister Gerry Kelly was a keynote speaker at a conference today aimed at showcasing local research on children and young people.

The conference was designed around the six outcomes in the Executive's 10-year strategy for children and young people and aimed to promote research as an evidence base for developing policy and practice.

Speaking at the conference in Templepatrick, Junior Minister Gerry Kelly said:

"I strongly believe that robust research evidence is the fundamental basis for good decision making in government.

"The welfare of our children is a key priority for the Executive and to improve their quality of life as well as their life experiences, we have set six key outcomes."

"The outcomes are health, learning, achievement and enjoyment, contributing positively to society and community, safety, economic and environmental well-being and respect for the rights of children and young people."

Mr Kelly added:

"Today's conference provides an exciting opportunity for decision makers and practitioners to find out more about local research. This evidence will help all of us to make the right decisions to improve the lives of children and young people." ENDS

Note to Editors

  1. The overall aim of the Child Care Research Forum (CCRF) is to develop a crosscutting research culture between academics, policy makers and practitioners through collaborative action. CCRF is chaired by the Institute of Child Care Research in Queen's University Belfast.
  2. The Junior Ministers have responsibility for the co-ordination of policy for children and young people.
  3. The ten year strategy "Our Children and Young People - Our Pledge" is available on the website

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