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.
- Yes For Children campaign website
- Independent guide to the Children’s referendum – The Referendum Commission
- Children’s Rights Alliance website
- Barnardos Ireland website
- Supporting a ‘Yes’ vote in the Children’s Referendum – IMPACT blog
Let’s remind ourselves what a YES vote will mean:
- 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.
- 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.
- Child protection, care, adoption, guardianship, custody and access decisions will be based on what is in the best interests of the child.
- Judges will listen to the views of children when making decisions in child protection, care, adoption, guardianship, custody and access cases.
- 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.