Organised by the Children’s Law Centre and
The Centre for Children’s Rights, QUB
Tuesday 6th December 2016
Venue: Children in Northern Ireland, 40 Montgomery Rd, Belfast BT6 9HL
(Venue is fully accessible and free car parking available on-site)
The EU interfaces in very many areas of children’s lives from child protection to toy safety to the ability of children to accessing life-saving services in the South of Ireland. BREXIT will therefore have significant implications for children in both jurisdictions on this island. Despite this inter-relationship the impact of BREXIT on children did not feature in the debate in advance of the BREXIT vote nor it would appear from public reporting, have the implications for children been high on the agenda post 23rd June. Further young people under 18 were denied a vote in a decision which arguably has more significance for them than any other sector of our populations. The silence in the public domain about the implications of BREXIT for children would suggest that, to date, the implications are not to the fore in the framing of any negotiations. In that context BREXIT raises serious concerns and challenges for all those who work with and for children; namely how we can ensure children’s rights protections are maintained and not undermined in any post BREXIT arrangements.
We need to fully understand the relationship between children’s rights and the EU before we can ensure any BREXIT process does not impact negatively on children and their families. This seminar will examine that relationship and the challenges BREXIT presents to those working with and for children, to ensure that what happens next protects the rights of all our children. It will also explore what needs to be done in each of the three jurisdictions to protect children’s rights in any BREXIT negotiations.
Presentations and Speakers
“BREXIT Costs: Assessing the Potential Implications for Children”
Professor Helen Stalford, Professor of Law at the University of Liverpool and Director of the European Children’s Rights Unit
“BREXIT: The implications for legislation in Northern Ireland”
Claire Archbold, Deputy Departmental Solicitor, Departmental Solicitor’s Office, Department of Finance
“BREXIT: Implications for Children, a Southern perspective”
Tanya Ward, Chief Executive of the Children’s Rights Alliance
As places for this event are limited and the event is likely to be oversubscribed please register in advance with
Places will be allocated on a first come basis.