ItemNDP 2007 - 2013 Submission(Barnardos, 2006) BarnardosBarnardos welcomes the opportunity to put in a submission for the 2007 - 2013 National Development Plan. Overall the current NDP (2000 - 2006) has made a significant contribution in a number of areas. Social inclusion was one of the four objectives underpinning the current NDP and approximately 40% of investment has been in social inclusion type measures related to employment, health, education, housing, childcare and equality. ItemSubmission into National Children and Young People Policy Framework(Barnardos, 2012) BarnardosBarnardos welcomes the opportunity to feed into the development of the National Children and Young People Policy Framework 2012-2017. Barnardos believes that the focus of this Framework should be on all 0-18 year olds and for some vulnerable groups of 18-24 year olds such as those leaving the care system, those engaged in criminal activity or who are homeless. The Framework must be visionary striving to improve the lives of children by setting realistic goals to be achieved. Allocation of sufficient resources together with strong leadership at political and local level are essential ingredients to ensure implementation. ItemSubmission into the Courts Service Statement of Strategy 2012-2014(Barnardos, 2011) BarnardosBarnardos welcomes the opportunity to feed into Courts Service Statement of Strategy 2012-2014. Barnardos notes that the previous Strategy 2008-2011 had as its primary priority to put the ‘needs of the court users first’. Barnardos recommends that this continue as a priority in the forthcoming Statement of Strategy and when such users are children that their engagement be underpinned by the key principles of UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, namely the best interests of the child be a primary consideration and the voice of the child be heard in all matters affecting the child. ItemSubmission into the White Paper on Crime(Barnardos, 2011) BarnardosBarnardos welcomes the opportunity to feed into the development of the White Paper on Crime which covers a wide span of criminal activity including organised crime, white collar crime and the prevention of crime. From a child’s perspective, children can be both victims and perpetrators of crime. Barnardos’ submission will highlight both these aspects and largely focus on ways of preventing children from engaging in criminal activity. ItemBarnardos’ Submission into the Irish Prison Service(Barnardos, 2013) BarnardosBarnardos welcomes the opportunity to input into the Irish Prison Service Families and Imprisonment Working Group and to recommend how the prison service could improve its facilities to ameliorate relationships between prisoners and their families. At a minimum imprisonment disrupts families’ lives but the absence of facilities to encourage active and positive parent/ child relationships makes the experience all the harder on children.