Policy Submissions and Positions

One Family responds independently and in collaboration with other organisations to calls for policy submissions on a wide-range of issues annually. We also develop position papers on important and emergent issues. Our core policy positions are set out in our yearly Pre-Budget Submission.

Pre-Budget Submissions:


  • Joint NGO submission COVID-19 & One-parent families Link here

Gender Equality

  • 2020 | Submission to the Citizens’ Assembly on Gender Equality Link here

Mother and Baby Home Commission

  • 2020 | Submission to the Mother and Baby Home Commission Link here.

Low Pay Commission

  • 2019 | On the National Minimum Wage. Link here.

Law Reform Commission

  • 2018 | Fifth Programme of Law Reform. (Family Law) Link here.

Courts Service

  • 2019 | On Development of a Long-Term Strategy 2019-2025. Link here.
  • 2017 | Courts Service Strategic Plan 2017-2020. Link here.

Central Statistics Office

  • 2017 | On the Content of the Questionnaire for 2021 Census. Link here.

SOLAS: Further Education and Training in Ireland

  • 2019 | Further Education and Training Strategy 2020-2024. Forthcoming. Link here.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills

  • 2018 | Barriers to Education Facing Vulnerable Groups: Lone Parents. Oral: Link here.
  • 2018 | School Costs and Related Matters. Written: Link here. Oral: Link here.

National Action Plan for Social Inclusion

  • 2019 | Public Consultation and Review 2007-2017 (St Vincent de Paul). Link here.
  • 2018 | Public Consultation: National Action Plan for Social Inclusion

DEASP (Dept. of Employment and Social Protection)

  • 2019 | Revised Control and Anti-Fraud Strategy 2019-2023 (via the European Anti-Poverty Network) Link here.
  • 2017 | On the Proposed Working Family Payment. Link here.

DCYA (Dept. of Children and Youth Affairs)

  • 2019 | See Pre-Budget Submission: Link here.
  • 2018 | Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures: NGO Sub-Group on Child Poverty. (BOBF) Link here.

DES (Dept. of Education and Skills)

  • 2019 | Statement of Strategy 2019-2021. Link here. Online Submission.

HSE (Health Services Executive)

  • 2018 | Public Consultation into Role of Voluntary Organisations.Link here. Online Submission.

DJE: (Dept. of Justice and Equality)

  • 2019 | Vision for a Court Welfare System. Link here.
  • 2019 | Child Maintenance Position Paper. Link here.
  • 2017 | On the Regulation of the Practices of ‘Child’s Views’ Experts. Link here.

DHPLG: (Dept of Housing Planning and Local Government)

  • 2019 | See Pre-Budget Submission: Link here.

European Union Submissions

  • 2018 | Coalition 2030 High-Level Political Forum Report May 2018. Ireland’s implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. (European Anti-Poverty Network). Link here.