Children’s Referendum Shauna Cassidy X00099222 5/11/12
What’s it all about? • The referendum is asking people to vote either yes or no on whether to put a new Article into the Constitution that deals directly with children. • The purpose of the new article is to place a focus on: • Protecting children • Supporting families • Removing inequalities in adoption • Recognising children in their own right • Our Constitution is the foundation for all the State’s laws and policies, but it does not provide a separate statement of rights for children.
Why do we need a Referendum? • You would think that you wouldn’t have to have a referendum about children’s rights, that it would in place already but no. • We need a referendum because our Constitution cannot be changed without the approval of the Irish people. • The purpose of the referendum is to acknowledge the position of children in the Constitution.
Proposal • Protecting Children • The Referendum sets out when intervention should occur and how it should occur with the focus on the child and only the child. • Supporting Families • Here, they are offering support services to families to prevent serious problems arising. Their objective is to protect children in their home. • Removing inequalities in adoption • If the referendum is passed it says irrespective of a child’s parents marital status, a child can be adopted. • Also, the already existing Article, Article41, that describes the rights and duties of the family will not be changed. • Recognising children in their own right • If passed, the Referendum will make provisions to make sure the best interests of the child are considered and the views and wishes of the child shall be taken into account.
Decisions? • As in all Referendums we have the right to either vote Yes or No. • I would imagine that the majority of the people in Ireland will vote yes. • There are many organisations who deal with children and their families opting to go along with this referendum. Some of them are: • Childline • ISPCC • Barnardos • Rape Crisis Centre • Educate together • The Mothers’ Union • While there are many “Yes” voters out there, there are also people who will opt to say “No”. • These people believe that this referendum should not pass as children already have a voice to protect them in the Constitution.
!!!VOTING!!! • If you would like to vote, the voting date is 10th November 2012