Government continues to fail Traveller children

Government continues to fail Traveller children

18 February 2013

The Children’s Rights Alliance has awarded the government a shocking ‘E’ grade for its “unacceptable performance” on the issues affecting Traveller children in its annual Report Card.

The Report Card notes that outcomes for Traveller children remain “almost universally worse” than their settled peers. The crucially important areas of health and education faired particularly poorly.

Martin Collins of Pavee Point said “It is truly shocking that in this day and age Traveller children continue to face these levels of inequality.The disproportionate cuts to Traveller education will only serve to reinforce and condemn another generation of young Travellers to exclusion and marginalisation.

“We are calling on the government to urgently outline what steps it will take to support and protect the rights of Traveller children rather than furthering inequalities. The government must ensure that every child can enjoy all their rights equally.”

The Report Card highlights the government’s particularly poor performance with regard to Traveller children and education. Despite commitments in the programme for government, in budget 2011 the government cut almost all support measures to Traveller education.

Pavee Point supports the immediate actions recommended in the Report Card and calls on the government to ensure Traveller children’s needs are visible and addressed in the forthcoming National Children and Young People’s Policy Framework.

Pavee Point will be highlighting these issues when the government is reporting to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in the near future.

For more information:

Read the Children’s Rights Alliance Report Card 2013.

Further comment:

Ronnie Fay, Co-Director, Pavee Point. 01 8780255 / 086 6073197

or

Hilary Harmon, Coordinator, Education Advocacy Initiative, Pavee Point. 01 878 0255 / 087 6607549

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