Barnardos Urge Us to Listen to Children’s Voices on World Children’s Day

Barnardos is marking World Children’s Day by emphasising the importance of listening to what children have to say.

Posted on Wednesday 20 November 2019 in Press Releases

November 20 2019 – Barnardos is marking World Children’s Day by emphasising the importance of listening to what children have to say.


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Suzanne Connolly, Barnardos CEO said “Barnardos is delighted to mark World Children’s Day on the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of a Child. The importance of listening to children and young people can’t be underestimated, their opinions are always insightful. This year we talked to children and young people that we work with about being a child in 2019 and what grown-ups need to do to make it better. Here are some of their answers:

What is it like to be a child in 2019?

“I love being a child in 2019…but kids scarcely talk in person anymore now it’s only online chat groups. People don’t go out playing anymore or even interact with their families” (Girl, 11, Limerick).

“It’s good being a child in 2019 but social media is sometimes an issue and climate change the beaches [are] full of plastic and we want to be able to be in our seas by 2022” (Girl, 14, Dublin).

What can grown-ups do to make better?

“Kids need to know they can trust an adult and that they have someone to talk to (for eg having one good adult). Kids need to know that someone is there for them” (Girl, 14, Dublin).

“By comforting me when I am sad” (Girl, 10, Dublin).

Suzanne Connolly, continued
: “Surprise, surprise, when asking children about how we should mark World Children’s Day a little boy in Limerick said he would like to have no homework! And why not, just for today”.


Notes to editors

World Children’s Day was first established in 1954 as Universal Children's Day and is celebrated on 20 November each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children's welfare. #worldchildrensday

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Barnardos helps transform children’s lives through their services; by supporting parents; and by challenging society where it fails children. Barnardos works in over 40 projects across the country and was established in Ireland in 1962.