Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures: the National Policy Framework for Children and Young People 2014-2020 was approved by Government and launched by the Taoiseach, Tánaiste and then Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Ms. Frances Fitzgerald, on 16 April 2014 and will run from 2014 - 2020.
Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures represents the first overarching national children’s policy framework comprehending the age ranges spanning children and young people (0 – 24 years). It adopts a whole of Government approach and will be underpinned by a number of constituent strategies in the areas of early years, youth and participation.
The views of a wide range of interests, including those of children and young people themselves, shaped the development of Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures and it is informed by the following inputs
The key groupings involved in the implementation infrastructure of Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures are the Children and Young People’s Policy Consortium, the Sponsors Group, the Advisory Council and the Children and Young People’s Services Committees National Steering Group together with the children and young people’s participatory structures Comhairle na nOg and the Structured Dialogue Working Group. Participation by the latter two groupings will ensure that the voice of children and young people clearly informs the implementation of the framework.
An Implementation Team within DCYA has been established to lead, coordinate and monitor implementation. The Implementation Team can be contacted at: PolicyInnovation@dcya.gov.ie.