In 2021 the Department of Education published the overarching 10 Year Children and Young People’s Strategy (2020 – 2030) on behalf of the NI Executive. Subsequently, in 2022, the Executive produced an initial draft three Year Delivery Plan (2021-24) and published for public consultation.
The RCPCH have issued a response covering a broad range of issues captured within the 8 High Level Outcomes of the 10 Year Strategy and detailing recommendations on enhancing the Delivery Plan to achieve these.
- Our response called for protected funding to deliver the objectives within the A Strategy for Paediatric Healthcare Services Provided in Hospitals and in the Community (2016 - 2026) and the inclusion of an ‘area of greatest focus’ pertaining to the physical health of all children in Northern Ireland within the Delivery Plan.
- We called for the inclusion of bespoke outcomes and indicators for children and young people with protected funding within the upcoming obesity prevention strategy and anti-poverty strategy.
- We recommended a range of actions, which if implemented, would promote and establish good oral health for children and young people, support their emotional and mental wellbeing and crucially, respect and deliver on UNCRC rights. In turn, such actions would promote the delivery of the overarching 10 Year Children and Young People's Strategy.
Download and read the response in full below.
We respond to a wide range of consultations to ensure that the College’s position, and ultimately children’s health, is represented. Members can get involved in current consultations by contacting the Ireland Team: firstname.lastname@example.org