Man and woman charged with child cruelty and neglect

Man and woman charged with child cruelty and neglect

A 54-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman arrested earlier today are to face trial on charges relating to child cruelty and neglect.

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Almost half of Irish children talk to strangers online, report finds

Almost half of Irish children talk to strangers online, report finds

Children as young as eight years old are spending the equivalent of 61 days a year online.

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Family raised concerns about Hide and Seek creche with politicians over a year ago

Family raised concerns about Hide and Seek creche with politicians over a year ago

A family who removed their child from the Hide and Seek creche service at the centre of an RTÉ exposé raised concerns about the facility with politicians and child protection services more than a year ago.

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Tusla calls for powers to shut down poor standard creches

Tusla calls for powers to shut down poor standard creches

It comes after an investigation found children at Hyde & Seek childcare branches were being roughly handled.

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Committee hears Tusla had concerns about creche chain before RTÉ exposé

Committee hears Tusla had concerns about creche chain before RTÉ exposé

Children were roughly handled at Hyde & Seek branches in Dublin, an undercover investigation revealed.

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UCC expert named new child protection rapporteur

UCC expert named new child protection rapporteur

Conor O’Mahony of University College Cork has been appointed as the new Special Rapporteur on Child Protection.

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Panel reveals that 13 young people died while under care of child protection system last year

Panel reveals that 13 young people died while under care of child protection system last year

Thirteen children and young people in care, or known to the child protection system, died last year, according to the National Review Panel (NRP).

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Gardaí raid 23 addresses in 11 counties in child porn investigation

Gardaí raid 23 addresses in 11 counties in child porn investigation

Gardaí targeting the possession and distribution of child pornography has searched 23 addresses around the country.

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Deaths in care linked to high referral rates and staff shortages

Deaths in care linked to high referral rates and staff shortages

A report into the deaths of children either in care or known to the care services has referred to social work departments being under serious pressure with high referral rates and experiencing staff shortages that “inevitably impacted on their ability to provide a good quality service”.

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Children in Cork residential care centre pepper-sprayed during call out by gardaí, report finds

Children in Cork residential care centre pepper-sprayed during call out by gardaí, report finds

Children's rights groups have expressed concern over the finding in an inspection report that children in a residential special care centre were pepper-sprayed and handcuffed when gardai responded to staff calls for assistance.

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'Every public representative in Ireland knows ... We have failed utterly to break the cycle of poverty'

'Every public representative in Ireland knows ... We have failed utterly to break the cycle of poverty'

The launch, this afternoon, of Barnardos Ireland's 2017 annual report marked the last address by Fergus Finlay as the charity's CEO. Read a partially edited transcript of his moving and thought provoking final address below.

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'It was as if she didn’t know how to play': Almost 7,000 referrals to Barnardos last year

'It was as if she didn’t know how to play': Almost 7,000 referrals to Barnardos last year

Children’s charity Barnardos dealt with almost 7,000 new referrals about children and families in crisis last year, up 10% in one year.

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More than half of boys first watch porn aged 10-13

More than half of boys first watch porn aged 10-13

More than 53% of boys in Ireland first encountered pornography between the ages of 10 and 13, compared to 23% of girls the same age group, a new study shows.

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Online deviants will continue to prey on young

Online deviants will continue to prey on young

It only takes minutes for a child to be contacted by an online predator so it's crucial that we take more proactive steps in bringing online child sexual offenders to justice argues Sinéad McDonough

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'Failure to address alcohol abuse harming vulnerable children'

'Failure to address alcohol abuse harming vulnerable children'

The ISPCC is calling for the urgent introduction of a 24-hour social work service for vulnerable children.

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Bid to increase digital age of consent from 13 to 16 defeated in Dáil Committee

Bid to increase digital age of consent from 13 to 16 defeated in Dáil Committee

Calls from Opposition TDs to increase the digital age of consent to 16 have suffered a setback this afternoon.

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Gary Lineker backs campaign to tackle child abuse

Gary Lineker backs campaign to tackle child abuse

Gary Lineker has thrown his support behind a campaign to prevent the abuse of children around the world.

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Minister targets lifting every child out of poverty in budget

Minister targets lifting every child out of poverty in budget

The Minister for Employment and Social Protection has targeted lifting every child out of poverty in the Budget.

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Harrowing stories of neglect highlighted in child protection report

Harrowing stories of neglect highlighted in child protection report

Vulnerable children are being repeatedly removed from their parents by Gardaí over safety concerns, only to be returned to their care by Tusla, occasionally within 24 hours.

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Child protection report: 'We cannot fail children a second time', says Ombudsman for Children

Child protection report: 'We cannot fail children a second time', says Ombudsman for Children

Latest: The Ombudsman for children has urged State agencies to work together to improve services for young people following the publication of a child protection report today.

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