In 2013 the Children’s Rights Alliance assembled a group of 23 young people (15-18 years) to make a short film about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The young people were nominated by: BeLong To, Bru Youth Service, Foróige, Headstrong, Inclusion Ireland, Irish Council of Civil Liberties, the International Adoption Association, the Irish Girl Guides and Spunout.ie.
Over the course of four workshops, held in the Office of the Ombudsman for Children, the young people identified three key issues facing children and young people in Ireland today: poverty, bullying and lack of recreational spaces. Mentored by broadcaster Ella McSweeney and producer Paula Williams, the young people developed a storyboard for the film. Filming took place in St Patrick’s University Hospital, with the young people both starring in the film and helping to produce it. The project was funded through a FundIt campaign, by St Patrick’s Mental Health Services and the Katherine Howard Foundation.