The Report Card is our annual publication evaluating the Government's progress on actions for children, and identifying serious issues for children.
It is an established accountability tool for the Children’s Rights Alliance and our members, as well as an important information resource for politicians, policy makers, service providers, non-governmental organisations and academics. It scrutinises the Government’s own commitments to children following from its programme for government.
2017 marks the ninth edition of our annual Report Card series, launched in 2009. Report Card 2016 marked the final year of the five-year Fine Gael/Labour coalition Government and examined the commitments in the Programme for Government 2011-2016. Over its lifetime, the previous Government was awarded on average a ‘C’ grade overall. This reflects a number of vital commitments it fulfilled for children, such as the establishment of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs with a seat at the cabinet table, a standalone department and Tusla, the Child and Family Agency as well as holding the Children’s Referendum to insert the rights of children into the Irish Constitution. The grade also reflects areas in which challenges remained at the end of the Government’s term such as child poverty, child and family homelessness and Traveller and Roma Children.
With a new Government in 2016 comes a new set of commitments to be examined in the Report Card. The commitments selected from A Programme for A Partnership Government for Report Card 2017 are those that are likely to have the biggest impact on children’s rights and those that are measurable under the format of the Report Card.
Report Card 2017 contains information up to the end of January 2017. The Government is awarded an overall ‘D+’ grade in Report Card 2017, reflecting a barely acceptable performance to date with little or no positive impact on children. You can read more about Report Card 2017 and previous editions through the menu on the left.
We are grateful to the funders of the Report Card, whose generous support enables our work to hold the Government to account for their actions that affect children's lives.