McLellan welcomes children's PictureYourRights report to UN
Speaking today after the launch of Picture Your Rights - A Report to the Rights of the Child from Children Living in Ireland, McLellan said she was hugely supportive of the initiative which was researched by children, from the viewpoint of children and for children.
Deputy McLellan said:
“This is the sort of real and effective input needed in the shaping of this island's future. It’s time politicians and decision makers listened to what's being said. The most impactful aspect about this document which was compiled by children of all ages and supported by the Children's Rights Alliance and UNICEF Ireland is that the views and concerns are representative of a wide - range of young people from varying different backgrounds. The 1,148,687 children in this state make up 25% of the total population. We now have the highest proportion of children in the European Union. One in every four citizens in our society is a child.
“These figures further emphasise the importance of investing in children for the future. The report is current. It highlights issues such bullying, safety and wellbeing in the community, inequality and the effects of poverty on children's futures, the impact of exclusion to children living in Direct Provision and from the Travelling Community, the unfair treatment of children with disabilities and children's own views on the current education system and how it is failing them.
“The areas are very clearly outlined in the report for the Minister to consider. And they are issues which I will continue to raise and challenge this Government on through my work as Spokesperson on Children for my party.”