The Committee on Health and Children will continue its hearings on the Children First Bill today, 8th May when it meets with the Children First Interdepartmental Implementation Group.
The Committee is inviting submissions from interested groups and stakeholders on the Heads of the Children First Bill which was recently published by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald TD.
The purpose of the Bill is to put Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children on a statutory basis.
The Minister has sent the Heads of the Bill to the Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children for consultation before the Bill is finalised.
Committee Chairman, Jerry Buttimer TD said: “For the Children First legislation to be effective, we must engage with and have an open dialogue with those groups who will be working with it on a daily basis.
Today we will have an opportunity to discuss the Heads of the Bill with the Children First Interdepartmental Implementation Group. The Department of Children and Youth Affairs is chairing an Interdepartmental Group of key Government departments together with the HSE and the Gardai in order to ensure the consistent implementation of Children First in all sectors.
Our meeting will also allow members of the Committee to be fully informed and enable us to provide meaningful input into the legislation, make observations and suggestions before the bill comes before the Dáil and Seanad.”
The meeting takes place today, Tuesday 8th May, 2.30pm in Committee Room 1, LH 2000. Committee proceedings can be followed live at: http://bit.ly/24YmPI
For more details on making a submission to the Committee, click on the following link: http://bit.ly/KudZIb
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