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Sinn Féin put Children high on Assembly Agenda

14 May, 2007


Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Children and Young People, West Belfast MLA Sue Ramsey has said that Sinn Fein continue to prioritise issues affecting Children and Young People high on the Assembly Agenda.

The Assembly will debate two Sinn Fein motion tomorrow, Tuesday 15th may.

Motion - Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

That this Assembly expresses concern at the current state of child and adolescent mental health services, particularly the lack of child and adolescent in-patient beds and dearth of trained staff to run these services; and further calls on the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to take urgent action to address this situation in keeping with the Bamford Review.

[Ms Sue Ramsey]
[Ms C Ní Chuilín]
[Mrs M O'Neill]

Motion - Care Matters Strategy

That this Assembly calls upon the Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety to set out his plans to improve the outcomes for children 'looked after' by the state and for the implementation and resourcing of the Care Matters Strategy.

[Ms Sue Ramsey]
[Ms C Ní Chuilín]
[Mrs M O'Neill]

Speaking ahead of the debate Ms Ramsey said:

"Sinn Féin have and will continue to prioritise children's issues within the Assembly. These are two very important issues that must be addressed. There are serious problems with the under provision of services for children and adolescents that need to be urgently dealt with.

"We also need to be confident that children who are in the care of the state are given the start in life that they deserve." ENDS

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