Tanya Ward – Vote YES BLOG

Saturday 10 November 2012 is an important day for the People of Ireland, as we'll have the opportunity to vote YES in the Children's Referendum and take a giant step on our journey to be one of the best places in the world to be a child.

This referendum is a chance to bring our laws in line with our values as a society. It will help the courts and the child protection system work better, make better decisions on behalf of children and help Ireland move beyond its damning history of child abuse.

Respecting, protecting and listening to children are not radical sentiments. Thinking about the rights of children, listening to their views, acting in their best interests, is something that parents do every day.

Raising and caring for a child is one of the most important things that you can do in life and it is especially difficult in the current financial climate. As a mother, I'm not interested in making parents' lives more difficult.

And this referendum, if anything, offers peace of mind. Should anything happen to me or my husband, I want the State to be obliged to listen to my child's views, to take him by the hand and act in his best interests. That's why I'm campaigning for a strong YES vote on Saturday 10 November 2012.

Tanya Ward Chief Executive of the Children's Rights Alliance who are supporting a YES vote on November 10th

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