02/11/2005

Minister committed to tackling issues facing children

NIO Minister Jeff Rooker has committed himself to championing the causes of children and young people throughout Northern Ireland.

Speaking following round table talks with the major local political parties and a meeting with representatives of over 60 children's organisations, the Minister said it was essential that he get a real understanding of the key issues that affect children and young people's lives.

"By engaging with the political parties and children's organisations I have been able to hear first hand the key issues impacting on the lives of children and young people in Northern Ireland," the Minister said.

"I have heard views on a wide range of topics including child protection, preventative services, issues relevant to health and education, children with specific needs, rights and equality, service planning and delivery issues, poverty and the participation of children in decision making. I will be examining carefully all the issues raised by both groups and considering any necessary further action."

The Minister said that he would ensure that issues relevant to the work of the Ministerial Sub-Committee on Children & Young People would be tabled for discussion at the next meeting of the Committee in January.

He also stressed that many of the issues raised will be dealt with through the implementation of the 10-year strategy for children and young people which will be launched in early 2006.

(MB/SP)

Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

09 May 2022
All-Ireland Heritage Skills Programme Launches
The Department for Communities have announced that applications have opened for The All-Ireland Heritage Skills Programme, a course which aims to preserve heritage building skills that are at risk of being lost by supporting those already working in the construction sector to push their skills to the next level.
03 May 2022
Queer Greens Launch 2022 Assembly Election Manifesto
The Green Party NI's Queer Greens group has announced the publication of its 2022 Assembly election manifesto, outlining the Party's priorities for LGBTQ+ rights in Northern Ireland.
29 April 2022
Veolia Ireland Announces Recruitment Campaign
Veolia Ireland, a leading environmental services company has announced that it is recruiting for 60 positions to join its almost 700 strong team across the island of Ireland.
05 May 2022
Voters Urged To Reflect On 'How Govt Has Worked Over Last Five Years'
Voters have been urged to "seriously reflect on how government has worked over the past five years", by SDLP leader Colum Eastwood.
26 May 2022
DUP Call On Liz Truss To 'Restore NI's Place In The UK'
The DUP has welcomed Foreign Secretary Liz Truss to NI, where they used the official visit to urge the Government "to restore Northern Ireland's place in the United Kingdom".