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Existence of a National Strategy on social inclusion
The Roadmap for Social Inclusion 2020 - 2025 is a national strategy to increase the social inclusion of marginalised people. While it does not solely focus on young people, the Roadmap does address the social inclusion of young people. One of its seven high level goals specifically addresses the social inclusion of children; ‘Support families - reduce child poverty’.
While it is not specific to youths, the inclusion of all Traveller and Roma people, including Traveller and Roma youths, is promoted by the National Traveller and Roma Inclusion Strategy 2017-2021.
Scope and contents
The Roadmap for Social Inclusion 2020 - 2025 is a national strategy to increase the social inclusion of marginalised people. It aims to set Ireland “on a course for real change and delivery in those areas which matter most to [Irish] citizens and which can underpin a better quality of life for all”. The Roadmap targets:
- Older people
- People outside employment
- Families and children in poverty
- People with disabilities
The Roadmap for Social Inclusion 2020 - 2025 was published by the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection in 2020. It sets out 66 key commitments to be delivered across all of Government. One or more government departments are identified as responsible for each specific commitment.
The Irish Government first introduced a National Anti-Poverty Strategy entitled Sharing in Progress, 1997-2007. This Strategy subsequently led to the development of the National Action Plan for Social Inclusion in 2007 – 2016. Following online public consultation regarding drafting the plan in 2019, the Roadmap for Social Inclusion 2020 - 2025 was published in 2020. It is intended to be a living document.