Sinn Féin welcome Women’s Aid Children and Young People Strategy – McCann
Speaking at the launch of the See, Hear, Act strategy in Stormont, Fra McCann MLA welcomed the strategy which puts the rights of children central on the political agenda.
“Domestic violence impacts upon all areas of children and young people’s lives including health, education, the development of relationships, recreation and social activities and particularly damaging on the long-term physical and mental health of the child.
“In 2017/18, Women’s Aid provided refuge for nearly 500 children, over 6,700 children benefit from their outreach support, and they held 6,390 one-to-one support sessions with children.
“The See, Hear, Act strategy is particularly welcome because it puts the voices of children front and centre of the strategy. Not only is it informed by the experience of Women’s Aid in dealing with and supporting victims, it is directly based on the experiences of the children and young people themselves.
Sinn Féin spokesperson for Children and Young People Catherine Kelly MLA added:
“Following on the heels of the Executive’s Children and Young People strategy, there is a duty for all stakeholders and policymakers to work together to produce better outcomes for our children and young people.
“In this respect Sinn Féin are delighted at the work that has gone into the development of this strategy which directly responds to the unique needs of children who suffer from domestic violence. We welcome the vision and values of the strategy which include providing, protecting, accepting, encouraging, nurturing and promoting the rights of our children.
“Women’s Aid carry out tremendous work in supporting and rehabilitating victims of domestic abuse.
“However, we need to work together to end domestic violence and ensure these services are not required in the first place.”