End Child Poverty Week 11 – 15 September  

Dear Members, End Child Poverty Week takes place between Monday 11 September – Friday 15 September, focusing on key thematic areas of child poverty including early years, education, income, national action and local plans and, child welfare and alternative care. Check out the details below for all five events and register to book your place today!  Day One  Register for our opening event of End Child Poverty Week! This online event will focus on educational inequality and will include inputs from Prof Paul Downes (DCU), Aine O Keefe (Tusla Education Support Services), Julie Ahern (Children’s Rights Alliance) and David Duffy (TUI).  Register herehttps://bit.ly/456V7KI    Day Two Join us in-person in Nano Nagle Place, Cork for an event that will take a closer look at adverse childhood experiences, their impact on children and young people and the opportunity Budget 2024 presents to deliver real change in this area. Hear from Dr Sharon Lambert (UCC), Kate Duggan (CEO, Tusla – the Child and Family Agency), Tanya Ward (Children’s Rights Alliance), Dr Maria Corbett (CEO – Child Law Project), Stephanie Whyte (Barnardos), and Lisa O’Brien (Focus Ireland).    Register to attend in person here: https://bit.ly/3P1klDQ   Day Three On Day 3, we will get further insights into the Child Poverty and Wellbeing Unit and hear how poverty action plans are being developed locally to turn the tide on child poverty in communities. Speakers include Elizabeth Canavan (Assistant Secretary General, Department of the Taoiseach), Dr Anna Visser (Principal Officer, Child Poverty and Wellbeing Programme Office), Maria Minguella (Tipperary Town Revitalisation Social Inclusion Co-ordinator), Marian Quinn (Childhood Development Initiative), Tanya Ward (Children’s Rights Alliance) and Fintan O’Toole (Irish Times).   Places are limited! Book to attend in-person here: https://bit.ly/3sw1k4Q   You can also register to join online here.    Day Four A ‘Child Poverty’ Budget must include significant investment and increases to the income supports for children, young people and families. Join us in-person in The Ark, Dublin where we will hear from leading expert Prof Hugh Frazer, SVP Ireland, Inclusion Ireland, SPARK Ireland and National Youth Council of Ireland on the impact on children and young people and why we need to see these supports increased. The Irish Refugee Council will also present the findings of new research on the direct provision payment available to families. A networking lunch will follow, which will be a great opportunity for members to continue the discussion!   Register to attend in person here: https://bit.ly/3sA1p7g   Day Five At our final online event, keynote speaker Prof Mathias Urban (Dublin City University) will be followed by a panel discussion on the importance of redesigning our early childhood education and care system to ensure it reaches the children and families experiencing disadvantage. Speakers will include: Dr Anne Marie Brooks – Assistant Secretary General of the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Grainne McKenna (Poppintree Early Education Centre and Dublin City University), Tracey Reilly (Pavee Point), Karen Kiernan (One Family), Dr Naomi Feely (Children’s Rights Alliance) and Geraldine O’Hara (Daughters of Charity).  Register here: https://bit.ly/3YkClNw  

We look forward to seeing you!  #EndChildPovertyWeek

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