Rosemary Murray 29th June 2006
Disabled Children & Young
Peoples Participation Project
Disabled Children & Young people from the Southern area in Northern Ireland exercise their right to have their say in decision making about issues that affect them, as laid out in article 12 (UNCRC). However they would like the opportunity to discuss ways in ensuring that agencies associated with other articles listen to them. Disabled Children and Young People believe the Rights of the Child should be at the basis of all Childrens Services Planning. They also call for articles 12 and 23 (UNCRC) to be implemented in other articles of the Rights of the Child and that these articles be enforced at Government level so as to take Disabled Children and Young People to an equal quality of life with other Children and young people. They also request that the Rights of the Child be extended to include the rights of young people up to the age of 25 years to include the Transition from Childrens to Adult Services.
The Disabled Children & Young Persons Participation Project (DCYPPP) was set up in the Southern Area of Northern Ireland in 2002.The aim of the project is to facilitate the involvement of disabled children and young people in Children’s Services Planning. The project came about as a result of research carried out by Professor George Kernohan, (University of Ulster Jordanstown, Northern, Ireland for Southern Area