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Talk for Grown-ups: The Ombudsman for Children 23 Nov 2017

In the week of Universal Children’s Day and as we acknowledge the 25th Anniversary of Ireland’s ratification of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), we have invited Dr Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children to give a talk for adults.

He will paint a picture of children’s rights in Ireland and how things have changed since the formation of his office. The audience will gain an insight into how the UNCRC works and how it has enabled some of the recent changes in the field of children’s rights.

The Ark was founded 22 years ago in response to Ireland’s ratification of the UNCRC. Our mission, vision and values are informed in particular by Article 31 of the convention. This event is being presented in line with our advocacy priorities - In the belief that children have a right to art and culture as part of their learning and development we have committed to:

  • Play our part in raising public awareness of every child’s right to culture, in partnership with other like-minded organisations in civil society.
  • Make the case for the inherent value of art in children’s lives with government and other policy makers.
  • Promote the voice of the child inside and outside of The Ark.

This is a talk for grown-ups, parts of a complementary programme of ancillary events for adults in the area of children, art and culture.

The talk will be part of the Festival of Politics.