Children in Northern Ireland expresses concerns over age discrimination legislation

Children and young people under 16 will be excluded from the legislation being brought forward to protect against age discrimination in accessing GFS

Children in Northern Ireland (CiNI) have expressed their concern through a press release after the announcement on 20 February by the Northern Ireland Executive that legislation being brought forward to protect against age discrimination in accessing goods, facilities and services (GFS) will exclude children and young people under the age of 16.

“Age discrimination against children is a neglected problem. It often goes unrecognised by government and is not taken seriously enough. We support the introduction of inclusive age discrimination legislation that seeks to prevent the harmful treatment experienced as a result of age, both for older people as well as for children and young people," stated Pauline Leeson CBE, Chief Executive, Children in Northern Ireland.

According to CiNI, inclusive age discrimination legislation would have had great potential to remedy current gaps in protections against harmful treatment.

“The inclusion of children within the scope of this legislation would also have supported the realisation of children’s rights and contribute positively to the Executive’s response to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child’s most recent Concluding Observations to the United Kingdom (2008)," Pauline Leeson concluded.

Full release available here.