Barriers to Education Facing Vulnerable Groups

Barnardos. (2018). Barriers to Education Facing Vulnerable Groups.
Barnardos welcomes the opportunity to make a submission to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills on topic of the barriers to education facing vulnerable groups. Specifically, our comments will relate to the barriers children and young people from vulnerable backgrounds face encounter when accessing education. Barnardos works with over 14,000 children, young people and their families each year. We know the transformative affect education can have on a child’s life; but too often we see the impact a child’s family circumstances (such as parents’ financial status, where they live or having an unstable home life) can have on their education. Ultimately such circumstances can dramatically alter a child’s chance in later life.