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Friday 31 March 2023 Dublin: 10°C

# Barnardos

This year
# food poverty
1 in 5 parents haven't had enough food for their children, according to survey
A survey on food poverty by Barnardos showed an increase in food poverty, compared with their previous survey.
Last year
# School Costs
Most parents concerned about cost of sending children back to school, survey says
The survey found that parents were concerned about the costs amid the ongoing cost-of-living crisis.
# Survey
Quarter of parents worry whether they can provide food for their family - Barnardos report
Parents who are concerned about food described themselves as feeling “stressed”, “worried about the future”, and “guilty”.
All time
# Homelessness
Government has 'lost its way' on child poverty, says Ombudsman for Children
Ireland is one of just five other EU countries that has had above average numbers of children at risk of poverty for ten consecutive years.
# it's christmaaaaaaas
Christmas FM returns to the airwaves today
Everyone’s favourite festive radio station will be broadcasting from midday.
# Back To School
Most parents believe children will require additional supports when back to school - survey
63% were concerned about their children’s emotional development and 51% were concerned about social skills.
# helping hand
Earls to raffle Ireland jersey from historic win over All Blacks for children's charity
The Munster star is hoping to raise €15,000 for Barnardos Ireland.
# Back To School
Parents say they're avoiding paying bills to deal with the cost of sending their children to school
That’s according to the Barnardos School Costs Survey, published today.
# Children's Charity
Barnardos confirms redundancies amid financial concerns as it makes 'shift in strategic direction'
The children’s charity has said it was still coping with gaps in state in funding first introduced a decade ago.
# tusla
Tusla has deemed 350 unborn children at risk of significant harm in 3 years
Last year, Tusla deemed that 100 unborn children were at risk of significant harm and took steps to protect them.
# Health
Patient advocates among new board members of the HSE
The board will be appointed on an administrative basis until legislation has passed.
# Back To School
Parents report going hungry over cost of sending their children to school
Average back-to-school costs have risen at all levels since last year.
# hidden homelessness
'We come across kids who are exhausted... situations where toilet training has been almost impossible'
Advocates today called for more action on so-called hidden homelessness.
# Child Protection
Children's rights groups angry at Dáil vote setting digital age of consent at 16 (they wanted it to be 13)
The government had put forward a proposal to set the digital age of consent at 13.
# hidden homelessness
Ronan is five years old and has to share a bed with his mother in his grandparents' house
Hidden homelessness is a growing problem in Ireland.
# lost children
'We're failing children': One in seven kids lost to homelessness, poverty or neglect
Barnardos wants €250 million to be invested in public services to help children in need.
# homeless crisis
'I'd get my pocket money and give them an ice cream' - 2,973 children are homeless in Ireland
Today is Barnardos’ national collection day.
# School Costs
'You have to ask: why are voluntary contributions necessary in a country where we're on the rise financially?'
School principals say rising costs are putting pressure on parents and on schools.
# Your Say
Poll: Are you worried about back-to-school costs?
Many parents will have to spend hundreds of euro in the coming weeks.
# Children
'Not a legacy to be proud of': Charities tell ministers how to pull 139,000 children out of poverty
Today, leading NGOs will outline measures they say could make a real different to the quality of life of children in this country.
# appalling
'Imagine the trauma, fear and confusion': 55% surge in child homelessness
Children’s charity Barnardos said it was appalled by the figures
# Domestic Violence bill
Government bill would end exemptions that allow child marriage
The bill needs to be approved by the Oireachtas before it’s enacted.
# ceo pay
Barnardos didn't stick to the guidelines for paying its senior staff, says audit
Another HSE audit found a discrepancy in fuel cards used by the National Ambulance Service.
# Domestic Abuse
'Daddy bit Mummy's face - I was scared': Report gives voice to kids in abusive homes
A report today highlighted the devastating impact living in an abusive environment can have on every part of a child’s life.
'A terminally ill child was forced to live in a car for weeks - this is not right'
June Tinsley writes that some families are living in deplorable conditions around the country and says the time for talk is over.
# Barnardos
Barnardos has a plan to make education free for primary school children
The children’s charity estimates that €103 million would eliminate costs for all parents.
# nanny state
Making parents criminals for smacking their kids? "Totally unacceptable"
One TD is very unhappy about the proposal.
# Hunger
A huge number of Irish adults are worried about not having enough money to buy food
A full third of Irish parents with young children are concerned about feeding their family.
# Distress
Mother and three children forced to take damp two-bed flat with sewage issues
The family took the flat to avoid emergency accommodation.
# national scandal
The number of children living in poverty could fill Mayo
“In its last year in office, how will the Government respond to these children?”
# one persons trash...
Thinking of binning that unwanted gift? Think again...
Received something you don’t want or need this Christmas? Barnardos could use it.
# Support
'There's a little boy or girl in your community who's going to bed cold or going to school hungry'
Barnardos says that ‘without the generosity of volunteers we would not be able to reach the children who need our support’.
# Missing Out
Teachers see a worrying rise in Irish children coming to school hungry
Missing breakfast is causing kids to lose six weeks of learning each year.
# Back To School
Back to school costs fall in 2014 but are still 'crippling too many families'
Barnardos calls on government to take a stand on cost of school uniforms and books as parents are “being pushed to breaking point again and again”.
# Charity
How much does it cost to send your kid to school?
Barnardos wants to know about the price of socks, PE clothes and tablets.
# good cause
Want to help a young boy whose bike was stolen?
Barnardos has launched an online fundraising campaign to buy a bike for a young boy after his was stolen yesterday. His family cannot afford a new one.
# Barnardos
Improved mental health supports needed for Irish families
Barnardos said that of action isn’t taken, lasting damage could be inflicted on children and parents.
# Homelessness
Child worried that Santa wouldn't find him because he was in emergency accommodation
Barnardos says that children are the hidden victims of the housing crises.
# Children
HSE admits 54 child mental health vacancies are still not filled
This is despite the fact that investment was allocated for these jobs two years ago and demand is rising, with 2,943 children now waiting to see therapists.
# early intervention
Gaps in HSE supports putting futures of children with speech problems at risk
Figures released this week reveal there are eleven HSE areas that have no early intervention teams at all.