Tuesday, 5 October 2021

Questions (474)

Jennifer Whitmore

Question:

474. Deputy Jennifer Whitmore asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth the reasons for the delay to the successor of Better Outcomes, Brighter Future; when he expects same to be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47486/21]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures – The National Policy Framework for Children and Young People, 2014-2020 concluded at the end of 2020. My Department’s Research and Evaluation Unit is preparing a review of the BOBF Indicator Set between 2014 and 2020, the lifespan of the policy framework. A final Annual Report for 2020 is due for publication by the year end.

The research and review stage of development of the BOBF successor framework has now commenced, in parallel with the development of an action plan and enabling framework for the EU Child Guarantee and reporting to the United Nations Children’s Rights Convention. Prioritisation of the latter initiatives in 2021 was required to ensure appropriate consideration and to meet the necessary deadlines.

The integrated approach being adopted in developing these initiatives will inform the strategic approach to improving outcomes for children, young people and their families that will be pursued under the successor policy framework to Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures.

It is envisaged that the full successor framework will be published by end of 2022.