The Children’s Rights Alliance will publish its Report Card 2021 with an online event at 1pm tomorrow Tuesday, 23rd February. The Report Card will be the first analysis of the Programme for Government’s commitment to children, and will grade the Government on key areas including health, housing, education, poverty, equality, and early years.
The Children’s Rights Alliance’s annual Report Card is graded by an independent panel of experts, chaired by former Supreme Court judge, Mrs. Justice Catherine McGuinness.
Speaking at the event will be:
- Tanya Ward, Chief Executive, Children’s Rights Alliance.
- Judge Catherine McGuinness, former Supreme Court Judge and one of Ireland’s greatest children’s champions.
- Noeline Blackwell, Chief Executive of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre and formerly of FLAC (Free Legal Advice Centres).
- Don O’Leary, Director of the Cork Life Centre, a voluntary organisation offering an alternative learning environment to young people who find themselves outside the mainstream education system.
A number of young people will also share their lived experiences of how 2020 was for them, and how they have been impacted by Covid-19 as part of the event.
Commenting in advance, Tanya Ward, Chief Executive of the Children’s Rights Alliance, said: “This year’s Report Card will be the first to analyse how well this Government has performed when it comes to protecting children’s rights. As well as analysing whether the Government kept the promises it made to children last year, it will address how the pandemic has affected children’s lives, and will be an opportunity to ensure children’s rights are safeguarded and promoted in this Government’s vision for Ireland.”
Report Card 2021 will be available on the Children’s Rights Alliance website, www.childrensrights.ie. Tanya Ward, Chief Executive of the Children’s Rights Alliance is available for interview/comment prior to the launch, and members of the media are invited to register to attend here