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# Child Welfare

This year
Fake Porn, Real Victims: We must stop the easy use of AI to create nude images of women & girls
Two experts look at the worrying case of deepnude image generation in Spain this week.
Parenting: 'We can't block technology for our kids - that ship has sailed'
Margaret Lynch looks at the government’s backing of schools wishing to ban smartphones and wonders if it’s a red herring.
Opinion: Ireland relies heavily on the community and voluntary sector - it is at breaking point
Ivan Cooper of The Wheel, which represents charities around the country says recruitment issues and funding cuts are pushing them to the limit.
District Court judge calls for mandatory free legal aid for domestic violence cases
“The working poor very often will lose out,” Judge John Campbell told a conference yesterday.
"If a TD can get legal aid for a criminal prosecution against him, why can there not be legal aid for the most vulnerable in our society?" Judge John Campbell asked.
The judge also noted how the issue of domestic violence was 'magnified' during the pandemic.
Jane Moore reports from a legal conference on domestic violence.
Dr Niall Muldoon: We need radical and brave leadership to turn around child mental health services
The Ombudsman for Children says it is now clear that we’ve reached the end of the line with the current CAMHS service.
Call for urgent investigation into sexual exploitation of children in State care
Ireland’s health standards watchdog is considering the contents of a report that found evidence of organised targeting of children in care by sexual predators.
Opinion: We all must do more to reduce the incidences of bullying of children
Victoria Howson of the ISPCC says complacency over bullying must be avoided at all costs.
Extract: Colman Noctor's 4-7 Zone - 'it turns out moderation is key'
The psychotherapist shares an extract from his new book, which encourages the reader to sit with their stress, understand it and re-wire their responses.
Opinion: Anxiety can impact both you and your child, but there are ways to get help
Bree O’Neill of the ISPCC discusses anxiety in children and the reasons behind it. She has some help on offer.
Last year
Childline volunteer: I have been able to help kids in trouble the way I was helped
Jonathan Ryan will be working the Childline phones through Christmas – he is reminded of how the helpline got him through his own tough times.
Children's Ombudsman warns of pandemic knock-on impacts as complaints surge almost 80%
Over half of the complaints in 2021 related to education.
All time
Children and face masks: Some tips from a speech and language therapist
Mask users lose visual information, but there are lots of things you can do to help them, writes speech and language therapist Kate Beckett.
Children's Rights Alliance: This government must do better when it comes to education
Saoirse Brady of the Children’s Rights Alliance says this difficult time could offer an opportunity to recalibrate the education system.
Opinion: Childcare providers are still no clearer on the government's long-term plans
Childcare provider Regina Bushell says the government has not inspired confidence with regard to how childcare will work throughout 2021.
Opinion: The mother and baby homes Commission report misses the point on redress
Academic Máiréad Enright takes a forensic look at the Mother & Baby Home report and shares her concerns with its approach to redress.
Opinion: ‘It feels as though I’m answering a call on every shift from a child talking about suicide’
ISPCC Childline volunteer Lee Daly says many of the children calling in are struggling with all the extra issues brought about by the changes of 2020.
Fionn Davenport: I was born in a mother and baby home - we have a right to our past
Writer Fionn Davenport says the government’s rushing through of legislation last night condemns survivors of mother and baby homes to 30 more years of darkness.
‘Often when a child contacts us, all we hear is quiet sobs’
Sarah Hughes, a Childline volunteer, says some children are trapped in abusive homes during Covid-19.
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.
Hiqa report suggests allegations of abuse in Dublin were 'underreported' by Tusla to gardaí
Hiqa’s inspectors reviewed 26 files and found that in 19 of them allegations had not been appropriately notified to gardaí by social workers.
Outrage builds over video of NYPD officers ripping toddler from mother's arms
The woman has been charged with a number of offences.
Staff at Direct Provision centre to be retrained after a mother was refused food for her sick child
The contractor said it will also ensure that tea, coffee and snacks are available on a 24/7 basis.
'I just asked for two slices of bread': Investigation after Direct Provision resident claims centre refused food for sick child
The Direct Provision resident said her sick son was denied food and milk overnight.
'Cramped, grim courts are no place for children': Calls for improved family courts to be rolled out
The Law Society of Ireland says a 21st century approach to family law is needed.
'It's an extremely Draconian act': Judge denies Tusla bid to place children into care
“This court doesn’t operate on worries or concerns,” the judge said. “It operates on facts.”
Are Ireland's children in care subject to a "geographic lottery"?
That’s what the Child Care Law Reporting Project is asking.
Convicted offenders in Donegal are not being monitored properly
A Hiqa inspection has found serious failings in child welfare services in the county.
Over 222 children died in Bethany Home but 1939 report says they appeared 'happy'
One child was taken to hospital with severe whooping cough, conjunctivitis and infected feet.
New child protection agency to be officially launched today
The Child and Family Agency will take over from the HSE in relation to child welfare.
Shatter: 'Legal clarity for surrogate and LGBT parents by year end'
The Minister for Justice aims to legislate for children born through surrogacy and donor material from a third party to be recognised as the child of the both members of the couple.
Bulgarian woman undergoes DNA test in 'Maria' case
The woman has been tested for a match with the child found in Greece and served with preliminary charges of child selling.
New child agency must 'ensure children's voices are heard' - Chairperson
The Child and Family Agency will be one of the largest public bodies in the State with more than 4,000 employees and a budget of €570 million.
Woman arrested after locking malnourished daughter, 10, in closet
US authorities say the 29-year-old woman faces charges of assault, child abuse and endangerment.
Two children found living in abandoned school bus in Texas
The parents of the children, who are aged 5 and 11, are believed to be in prison for embezzling money from hurricane victims.
Helpline launched amid investigation into Co Cork school abuse claims
The HSE says it is working with a number of support and counselling organisations to provide assistance to anyone who seeks it through new helpline.
HSE chief welcomes plan for state agency on child welfare