Report Card


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.

2018 marks the tenth edition of our annual Report Card series, launched in 2009. The commitments selected from A Programme for A Partnership Government for Report Card 2018 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 2018 contains information up to the end of December 2017. The Government is awarded an overall ‘C-’ grade in Report Card 2018, reflecting an improvement on last year’s ‘D+’ grade. It reflects a satisfactory attempt overall, but children are still left wanting. You can read more about Report Card 2018 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: the Community Foundation for Ireland, the Katharine Howard Foundation, Pobal, the Department of Rural and Community Development and the Irish Youth Foundation.

Published date: 
Wednesday, February 8, 2017