CitationBarnardos. (2008). Barnardos’ Submission into the National Child Welfare Strategy. https://knowledge.barnardos.ie/handle/20.500.13085/662
AbstractBarnardos welcomes the opportunity to input into the drafting of the National Child Welfare
Strategy. This is an important development and fits in with the overall National Children’s
Strategy (2000), whose three overarching goals are that children will have a voice, children’s
lives will be better understood and children will receive quality supports and services.
Child welfare is the broad range of activities designed to benefit children, promote their well
being, and strengthen or assure provision for meeting their physical, social, emotional and
This definition usefully illustrates that the welfare of children is the responsibility of their
families and a wide range of professionals including social workers, paediatricians, nurses,
teachers, psychologists, psychiatrists and foster carers operating through the statutory or
NGO sectors. As a result the national welfare strategy must be inclusive of all these key
actors to ensure its effectiveness although the dominate focus will be on the provision and
delivery of family support services.