Social campaigner Sr. Stan Kennedy will call for major changes in childcare and child protection policies when she delivers the keynote address at Social Care Ireland’s annual conference in the Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel, Wednesday, March 28 at 12 noon.
In her address, entitled ‘Justice for All Our Children’, Sr. Stan will outline the changes that need to be made to ensure children’s needs are prioritised within Irish life. She will highlight how the needs of vulnerable children are not being adequately met, and will focus in particular on the specific needs of: Children living in poverty; Homeless children; Children in care; and Migrant children.
Speaking in advance of the conference, Sr. Stan said: “Ireland has consistently failed to put children’s needs first. There are still thousands of children living in poverty; living in care; or even living on the streets. This is a scandal, given the 10 years of our roaring Celtic Tiger.
“We had an opportunity to put things right during the economic boom, but we wasted it. Now – during the recession – the plight of many children is worse than ever before.”
Sr. Stan has been a social justice campaigner for more than 50 years. She is the founder of the homeless charity Focus Ireland, as well as the Immigrant Council of Ireland and Young Social Innovators.