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Petition: Stop Discrimination Against Children and Young People in Northern Ireland

The Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People (NICCY) and the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland (ECNI) are concerned that anti – discrimination legislation which will be proposed by the offices of OFMdFM could actually discriminate against children and young people in Northern Ireland. Based on information coming from the Assembly, it is understood that children and young people under the age of 18 may not be covered by the proposed changes to the law.

Is it right that in 2013 we continue to discriminate against certain groups in society? Is it right that people can receive inferior service or be denied access to health and social care services, education, shops or financial services because of their age? And is it right that children and young people might be left out of a new law to help prevent this type of discrimination?  

SIGN OUR PETITION to tell Government that under 18s should not be discriminated against and should be included in this legislation!

The Northern Ireland Government has said that it will develop and consult on proposals to improve age discrimination legislation so that it covers accessing goods, facilities and services (GFS).

Time is short, government has told us to expect the draft proposals in Autumn 2013. We have a small window of opportunity to make sure that government does not exclude children and young people from this proposed legislation.

If they are not included in the proposals then the likelihood of them being included at all drops significantly which means the law cannot protect them – the decision makers need to know that there is wide spread public support for children and young people being included and protected by this legislation.

Please share this email and link to the petition to your colleagues, peers, and friends, and encourage them to share it through email, on their Facebook pages and twitter accounts, etc. 

So what are Goods, Facilities and Services (GFS)?

The amended legislation would apply to anyone providing goods, facilities or services to the public, for example: services provided by any public authority e.g. health, education police and leisure services, hotels, shops, banks, insurance companies, financial services, cinemas, theatres, restaurants, places of entertainment or refreshment, transport and travel services, housing providers and private clubs like gyms and sports clubs.

You can find more information about this on our website here and here.

If you have any queries please contact the NICCY Communications team on communications@niccy.org.

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