According to Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People Patricia Lewsley-Mooney, they aim to ensure that children’s rights are protected in any form of legislation and that will be the only time her department will have achieved something remarkable.
She said that by doing so, Ireland will be on par with Scotland and Wales by raising the awareness of children about their legal rights, realize them and advising local governments on how to protect the rights of children in Northern Ireland.
According to Mooney’s commission, any Family court proceeding must prioritize the interests of young children first and foremost. If the children’s rights were incorporated into law, they could become the most protected children in the world.
The only obstacle for this is that the international agreement, which includes the recommendations that is consistent with the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child, is still not included in domestic law. Special measures have been taken to ensure that it is included in Northern Ireland.
Mooney intends to raise the awareness about the convention so that everyone realises it and realises the benefits it will bring their children, grandchildren, and other youngsters in their family and even in their community.