On 06 October 2021, the Minister announced the launch of an open written consultation on Ireland’s draft State report under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. This consultation, which runs to 10 November 2021, invites individuals, organisations or groups to provide their views on the draft Report.
Ireland ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1992 and is required to submit regular state reports on measures taken to give effect to the Convention.
Ireland is due to submit its combined Fifth and Sixth State Report to the Committee on the Rights of the Child in February 2022. An oral hearing before the Committee is provisionally scheduled for the second half of 2022 in Geneva.
The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth has prepared the draft combined Fifth and Sixth State Report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in close collaboration with relevant Government Departments and it has also consulted with children and young people and civil society stakeholders. This draft document, which responds to a List of Issues Report provided by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in November 2020, is now available for public consultation. The Department welcomes comments on the draft document until 10 November 2021.
Written submissions on the State Report are invited from interested parties and can be submitted to the Department at the following email address: UNCRC@equality.gov.ie