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Commitment to children and youth crucial - McCann

20 November, 2013 - by Jennifer McCann

Sinn Féin MLA and Junior Minister Jennifer McCann said the Executive is committed to ensuring support for children and young people in their formative years.

Speaking at an event hosted by the Commission for Children & Young People to celebrate International Children's Day the West Belfast MLA said:

"It is important our children and young people get the best start in life to ensure they have the chance to reach their potential.

“No single agency or department, voluntary or community organisation, and no matter how effective has all the answers to the complex issues facing our children and young people today.

“Breaking down the old silos and creating new ways of working together is the only way we can hope to deliver what is needed.

“Organisations like the NICCY are tasked with safeguarding and promoting the rights and best interests of children and young people and they like other organisations have made a valuable contribution to government policy.

“Today is International Children's Day and it is important that we once again reinforce our commitment to the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the rights of the Child."

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