Video – Why a YES vote matters

Why is tomorrow’s referendum on the rights of children important? What will change if a majority votes yes? Why is it so important to exercise your vote tomorrow? We talk to a range of IMPACT members, activists and children’s rights advocates on the eve of the referendum to find out more.

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From IMPACT Communications on Vimeo, with thanks to all of those who took the time to take part in this campaign video.

UPDATE: Friday November 9th 12:20pm

Let’s remind ourselves what a YES vote will mean:

  1. The Constitution can take a child-centred approach to the protection of all children, some of whom experience unspeakable abuse. It will place an onus on the State to better support families.
  2. Up to 2,000 children, currently in long-term State care, will be given the opportunity to be adopted and afforded a second chance at a stable and permanent family, where there is no prospect of them returning to their birth family.
  3. Child protection, care, adoption, guardianship, custody and access decisions will be based on what is in the best interests of the child.
  4. Judges will listen to the views of children when making decisions in child protection, care, adoption, guardianship, custody and access cases.
  5. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to give children specific recognition in the Constitution and to make the State more accountable to protect children’s rights.