What will Brexit mean for children? This is the question our Government needs to explore
The ISPCC is urging the government to ensure that the protection of children both north and south of the border should not be diminished due to the UK’s exit from the EU. Many of the laws and structures that contribute to child protection across borders are rooted in the EU structures and institutions.
On the eve of All-Island Civic Dialogue, the ISPCC is supporting young people’s call that ‘Brexit’ must not be allowed to undermine the common rights enjoyed by young people across this shared island.
ISPCC Chief Executive Grainia Long stated: “The UK’s decision to leave the EU has innumerable ramifications for law, policy and practice in the area of child protection and child welfare. The ISPCC has begun to map out the serious consequences for children and will liaise with the NSPCC (UK) and our European networks (including Child Helpline International and the EU Fundamental Rights Agency) in undertaking our work.
“The protection of children across Europe, including children in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, is dependent on the cooperation structures set out above. The ISPCC is calling on the government to liaise with each agency to hear its preferred options for how the UK exit could be managed with minimal disruption to cooperation between nations. The ideal scenario is for continued cooperation with the UK, however, this will be entirely down to the terms of its exit as agreed.
“Our key focus is to ensure that the laws, policies and institutions that protect children are not undermined by the changes, and that there is no retrogression in protections for children in Ireland.