The Centre for Cross Border Studies has today published its response to the Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland’s consultation on its ‘Child Protection and Safeguarding Learning & Development Strategy’. CCBS welcomes the strategy’s aim to identify opportunities for enhancing multi-disciplinary/multi-agency safeguarding education and training strategies across all sectors in relation to children’s services and concurs with the importance of sharing of expertise across those sectors.
However, the Centre maintains that it is essential for any strategy concerned with improving child protection and safeguarding to recognise that those aims are dependent upon ensuring the necessary arrangements are met for the protection and safeguarding of citizens receiving or providing those services from neighbouring jurisdictions.
To deliver cross-jurisdictional continuity and expand opportunities for knowledge exchange, the Centre recommends that SBNI develop formalised partnerships with the relevant counterpart groups headquartered in the Republic of Ireland and other jurisdictions. Where such collaboration is taking place, CCBS contend this should be reflected in any major policy document, such as the Child Protection and Safeguarding Learning & Development Strategy.
Click here to access the full consultation response.
A briefing paper jointly prepared by the Research and Information Service (RaISe) of the Northern Ireland Assembly and the Library & Research Service of the Houses of the Oireachtas for the 5th Meeting of the North-South Inter-Parliamentary Association, was recently released by both departments. The paper, entitled “Access for students to third-level education in the respective jurisdictions (i.e. Northern Ireland and Ireland)”, draws heavily from research undertaken by CCBS. Consequently, and in line with views expressed by CCBS, the briefing paper presented to members of the North-South Inter-Parliamentary Association includes within its conclusions the opinion that, “Despite a desire by both jurisdictions to improve the flow of students across the border there is very little take-up of higher education by students in the opposite jurisdiction”.
Click here to access the full briefing paper.
Ruth Taillon was one of the speakers at an event in Strabane on 14 November, hosted by Sinn Fein MP Pat Doherty and MEP Martina Anderson on the implications of a UK withdrawal from the EU. The talk focused on implications for the economy, regional development, social and economic cohesion, workers’ and citizens’ rights, and North-South relations.
The website of the Border Roads to Memories and Reconciliation project has recently gone ‘live’ at www.borderroadmemories.com.
‘Border Roads to Memories and Reconciliation’ gave residents along both sides of the border an opportunity to remember and express their feelings in relation to the closure of border roads and the impact that it had on their lives. The project digitally recorded 149 interviews and linked these accounts with recovered photographs taken at the time of the road closures and newspaper articles that covered the events. A number of showcase events in October and November provided an opportunity for the team to introduce the project’s interactive website to people across the border counties. CCBS Director, Ruth Taillon was guest speaker at the 6 November event in Enniskillen. At the event she praised the project, saying, “I believe that it is a very important piece of work that will be a priceless resource for many years to come. … This project has … allowed people, many for the first time, to tell their stories and for those stories to be heard. It has already made a real contribution to better understanding within and across communities. But more importantly, it’s now here as a resource for others who want to rebuild those broken relationships and the reverse the isolation and the social and economic decline of border communities. … People need to know about it. People need to use it and hopefully build upon it. So thank you again, to all those who worked so hard to make it happen.“
CCBS Director Ruth Taillon spent three days in Skopje, Macedonia, at the end of October with support from the Euclid Network Peer Exchange Programme. The Euclid Network connects members from more than 40 countries from across Europe for a more innovative, professional and sustainable European civil society. The Peer Exchange was funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Our partner in Macedonia was the FORUM – Centre for Strategic Research and Documentation. Forum-CSRD is the leading Macedonian non-governmental organisation that is dedicated to exploring the political and strategic aspects of current solutions and innovative national regional and European issues. The Centre has an important role in strengthening the role of civil society and increasing its influence on the formation of national policies and the creation of policies aimed at achieving the standards required for Euro-Atlantic integration of the country. (Macedonia is an EU-candidate country.)
While in Skopje, Ruth worked with FORUM Executive Director Slagjan Penev (who visited CCBS earlier this year) on a project proposal to support increased civil society organisations’ participation in decision-making processes in municipalities and enhanced transparency in creating municipal and regional development plans/strategies and to encourage citizens to control how these plans are implemented. The proposed project aims is to create network of watchdog monitors which will be ready to react to any bad practice or poor performance of the authorities and administration in local and central government.
Lee Hatton Law Centre NI and Jean Plummer Department of Social Protection are confirmed speakers at the next Border People seminar which will take place on Thursday 20th November, 9.30am-1.30pm, in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dundalk.
The event will focus on the UK Right to Reside and Irish Habitual Residency Conditions. Both have implications for entitlement to social welfare and as always there are exceptions for cross-border cases.
This seminar is suitable for those working in information providing organisations in both jurisdictions. It is an excellent opportunity for cross-border networking and knowledge sharing. There is no charge to attend and places will be issued on a first-come basis. Online registration is now open.
For further information please visit www.borderpeople.info or contact Annmarie O’Kane firstname.lastname@example.org
This seminar is part of the Border People project managed by the Centre for Cross Border Studies in collaboration with the North South Ministerial Council, the Citizens Information Board and Citizens Advice Northern Ireland. The project is part-financed by the European Union’s INTERREG IVA programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.
Shared Services, Shared Opportunities: New Models of Public Sector Collaboration and Partnership
The annual ICLRD & CCBS conference will take place in the Killyhevlin Hotel, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, 29-30 January 2015.
The Conference is focused upon a critical component of the public sector reform agendas on the island of Ireland, and is particularly topical in light of recent and imminent changes in the structure of local government in both jurisdictions.
A range of speakers representing central and local government, academia, the private sector and civil society organisations, from Ireland, the UK and continental Europe, will ensure that shared services is explored from a variety of different perspectives. The opportunities for cross-border collaboration in this area will also be examined.
Shared Services, Shared Opportunities: New Models of Public Sector Collaboration and Partnership, The Conference is focused upon a critical component of the public sector reform agendas on the island of Ireland, and is particularly topical in light of recent and imminent changes in the structure of local government in both jurisdictions. A range of speakers representing central and local government, academia, the private sector and civil society organisations, from Ireland, the UK and continental Europe, will ensure that shared services is explored from a variety of different perspectives. The opportunities for cross-border collaboration in this area will also be examined.
For further information please contact Andrew McClelland – email@example.com
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The Board and Staff of the Centre for Cross Border Studies
would like to invite you to join us at a celebration of
The Centre’s 15th Anniversary
Launch of the Journal of Cross Border Studies in Ireland 2014
European Commission Office in Northern Ireland
74 – 76 Dublin Road
Belfast BT2 7HP
Thursday 13 November 2014
5.30pm – 7.30pm
Head of Belfast Office of the EU Commission, Ms Colette Fitzgerald will speak and launch the Journal at 6.15pm.
Light refreshments will be served. There is no charge for this event. Car parking is available nearby (see here).
If you are able to attend please click here to register online or contact Claire Toner.
CCBS was invited to speak on the border economy at a meeting of the Oireacthas Joint Committee for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, and the Northern Ireland Assembly’s Committee for Enterprise, Trade and Investment, which took place in the Senate Chamber at Parliament Buildings on 3rd November. CCBS Director, Ruth Taillon and Research & Policy Manager, Anthony Soares, were joined by independent economist, Philip McDonagh and Padraic White, Chair of the Border Development Corridor Steering Group. The CCBS team emphasised the urgent need for specific focus to be given by both governments to the border region in order to avoid the risk of regional disparities increasing as the economies on both sides of the border appear to show signs of recovery. Underlying structural deficiencies were highlighted, including insufficient access to broadband and lack of transport connectivity. The Senators, TDs and MLAs present actively explored with the CCBS team the issues it raised and noted the concerns it brought to their attention, as well as the initiatives CCBS are involved in to address them, such as the Solidarity Charter for the Economic Revitalisation of the Irish Border Corridor.
Click here to view a copy of the CCBS’s written submission.
Read more on the NI Assembly website here
CCBS at NWRCBG/ICBAN/EBR Joint Conference
CCBS Research & Policy Manager, Anthony Soares, spoke at the joint conference organised by the North West Region Cross Border Group, the Irish Central Border Area Network, and the East Border Region, which took place in Buncrana on 2nd of October. The conference, entitled “Cross-Border Connections”, focused on strategies to bring local authorities to the forefront of cross-border collaboration and partnership. Whilst Anthony spoke on the importance to cross-border cooperation of a regional dimension and the principles of subsidiarity and partnership, Professor Greg Lloyd spoke of some of the challenges to local authority collaboration, and Padraic White, Chair of the Border Development Corridor Steering Group, presented the draft Solidarity Charter for the Economic Revitalisation of the Irish Border Corridor. Mr Joe McHugh, Ireland’s Minister of State for the Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs and for the Department of Communication, Energy and Natural Resources, as well as Northern Ireland’s Minister for the Environment, Mark H. Durkan, were after-dinner speakers at the conference.
Click here to view Anthony’s presentation.