Should new age law protect children?
The Equality Commission and the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People (NICCY) held a half day event to explore our joint recommendations on legislation to protect children and young people from discrimination when accessing goods, facilities and services.
Robin Allen QC and Dee Masters BL provided a legal perspective of the proposals. The practical impacts of the recommendations, including the effect of non implementation, will be considered.
Photos taken at the seminar
The Equality Commission and NICCY believe that people of all ages, including children and young people, should be protected against unlawful age discrimination and harassment when accessing goods, facilities and services, for example, health care or education.
We recognise that there are situations in which it is appropriate to treat adults and children differently and the law should allow for that where there are good justifiable reasons for doing so.
But that is not a reason for excluding children and young people completely from the protection of anti-discrimination law.
Our document ´Strengthening Protection for all Ages - Proposals for Reform: Protecting children and young people against unlawful age discrimination in the provision of goods and services´ (June 2013) discusses the issues.
Short Briefing Word (3 pages, 117KB)
Full Report PDF (76 pages, 646kb)
April 2012 - Strengthening Protection for all Ages - Proposals for Reform: Ending Age Discrimination in the Provision of Goods and Services
Short Briefing - Word (30kb)
Summary Report - PDF (547kb) Word (1.97mb)
Full Report - PDF (245kb) Word (1.74mb)
Strengthening Protection for all Ages A5 poster
We are keen to hear from you if you are an older person and believe that you have been treated unfairly because of your age when accessing goods and services.
The Northern Ireland Executive is considering introducing new legislation that will give greater protection for older people against discrimination when accessing goods and services.
Your experiences will help illustrate the impact that this proposed new legislation will have on the lives of older people in Northern Ireland.
For more information and examples of age discrimination click here.
If you would like to discuss your experiences of age discrimination in confidence, please contact:
Telephone: 028 90 890 851
Telephone: 028 90 500 551
Strengthening Protection for all Ages in Health and Social Care
The Commission has been providing a platform for the age sector and other key stakeholders to discussthe forthcoming age discrimination legislation. A series of events has explored the Commission´s recommendations for age health and social care provisions and potential developments at a European and GB level. The age, public, legal, health, trade union and voluntary and community sectors have all been represented at our events.
Some of the presentations and other useful resources from the events are still available:
Roisin Mallon, Senior Policy Officer, Equality Commission for NI (presentation)
To demonstrate the impact the changes proposed could have, Ann Gamble shared her experience on the level of care provided to the elderly in nursing homes (presentation).
A group of young people made a video highlighting the barriers they, and a parent, have faced when accessing health and social care.
Audio from Seminar Part 1 - MP3 (50mb)
Audio from Seminar Part 2 - MP3 (40mb)
Equality Commission responses to Northern Ireland age equality law consultations are available online
To receive a hard copy of the reports listed on this web page, or if you would like to find out how you can get involved, please contact Naomi Roberts 028 90 500645 or email email@example.com
Age GFS Short Briefing