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Ramsey - Action on Child policy must be brought together

12 August, 2003

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Children's Issues, West Belfast representative Cllr Sue Ramsey has called for all strands of policy that affect children and young people to be brought together.

Speaking to young people in Poleglass at an event to mark International Day for Youth Cllr Ramsey said:

"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.

"In the negotiations that led to the Good Friday Agreement Sinn Féin called for a Children's Department. Unfortunately other parties to those negotiations, including the SDLP resisted such a progressive approach to driving forward progress on policy that affects 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 affecting children to brought together.

"There has been progress in a number of areas, particularly with the appointment of a Children's Commission. But there are still key issues around child protection on an All Ireland and European basis and resources to support young people especially from disadvantaged backgrounds." ENDS

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