Posted on March 06, 2017
On February 21st the Children’s Rights Alliance released their ninth annual Report Card in Europe House. The Report Card is a tool for identifying serious issues for children. It is an established accountability tool for the Children’s Rights Alliance and the over 100 member organisations it works with, as well as an important information resource for politicians, policy makers, service providers, non-governmental agencies and academics. It scrutinises the Government’s own commitments to children flowing from its programme for government.
For the last three years, The Community Foundation for Ireland has provided Impact grants to the Children’s Rights Alliance to carry out this much needed work. From 2018, a donor from The Community Foundation for Ireland will continue this legacy and will fund the Report Card for the next three years, ensuring that Government can be held accountable to their commitment to improving the lives for children and young people in Ireland.
Report Card 2017
This year the Report Card awarded an overall D+ grade, one of the lowest grades ever published in the Report Card. Some areas that have fallen in grades since 2016 include;
- Child Homelessness scored an E
- Travellers and Roma scored an E
- Mental Health scored a D-
- Refugee and Asylum Seeking Children scored a D-
Some areas that have improved since the last report include:
- Subsidised and School-Age Childcare scored a B
- Parental Leave and Income Support scored a C+
- Prevention and Early Intervention scored a C+
- LGBT+ Children and Young People scored a C+
The funding of this Report Card by private donors and foundations allows the work to be kept independent from government funding. This is essential in producing a non-bias report that holds Government accountable for the key commitment to children in A Programme for a Partnership Government. The Community Foundation for Ireland is a proud supporter of this Report Card and is delighted that one of our donors can also see the huge benefit this report card can bring to the children and young people of Ireland.