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The Department of Social Protection is the main government department responsible for policy-making on social inclusion.
The Social Inclusion Division within the Department of Social Protection supports the Minister and Government in developing and implementing Government strategies for preventing, reducing and ultimately eliminating poverty and social exclusion and in promoting greater social inclusion and social cohesion in collaboration with other stakeholders, including, in particular, people experiencing poverty.
Previously inclusion strategy was previously included within different documents across each Government Department. However, the Roadmap for Social Inclusion 2020 – 2025 moves towards a more streamlined, overarching structure for the various social inclusion and poverty reduction approaches set forth in each Department’s own sectoral strategy. The Roadmap sets the medium-term direction of social inclusion on a whole-of-Government basis, identifying the inter-linkages and dependencies across the various stakeholders.
The Social Inclusion Forum is part of the Government’s structures to monitor and evaluate the implementation of its plans to address poverty and social inclusion.
The Social Inclusion Forum annual event is the principal institutional forum for wider public consultation and discussion on social inclusion issues. It provides an opportunity for engagement between officials, community and voluntary organisations, and people experiencing poverty in relation to policy.