Child Impact Statements


Child Impact Statements ask "Is it good for our children?"

On June 23, 2011 the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors approved the use of "Child Impact Statements" to inform decision making in the County.  Child impact statements will facilitate systemic changes in thinking, planning and decision-making and insure children's needs are taken into consideration in all county decision-making.

San Jose Mercury News Opinion: When government sets new policies, it should first consider children

By Dana Bunnett
Special to the Mercury News
Posted: 07/03/2011 08:00:00 PM PDT

Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors Board Transmittal on the recommendation of Child Impact Statements.

June 21, 2011 by Dave Cortese

The Development and Implementation of Child Impact Statements in Ireland

The National Children’s Strategy Research Series
Carmel Corrigan -  March 2006

Ireland’s National Children’s Strategy, Our Children, Their Lives (Government of Ireland, 2000), contains the following commitment: When seeking a government decision, all departments will be required, where relevant, to identify the impact of their policies on children. The value of child impact statements is derived from the early identification of the potential impact of policies on children and their families. Potential effects of decisions can be identified to assist decision-making which is positive for children. The impact on particularly vulnerable children will be highlighted. In this way they will contribute to keeping children’s issues to the fore in the government decision-making process. Click on the link above to read full report.