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#Children's Rights

# childrens-rights - Wednesday 11 January, 2012

26 bills - but no referendums - on government's list of Spring bills

The government’s draft agenda for the Dáil’s spring term includes 26 bills to be published, and another 25 currently in draft.

# childrens-rights - Friday 30 December, 2011

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Total ban on smacking children under consideration by Government

Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald has said an outright prohibition of all corporal punishment is an option.

# childrens-rights - Tuesday 20 December, 2011

Children's rights referendum for next year welcomed

The Minister for Children has said that the government is planning to hold the much-delayed referendum in 2012.

# childrens-rights - Friday 9 December, 2011

Column: Are Irish children safe now? I don't believe so

Maeve Lewis of abuse survivors’ support group One in Four says new childhood protection legislation is welcome – but of little use without support services to back it up.

# childrens-rights - Thursday 8 December, 2011

Two senators nominated by Enda Kenny critical of Budget 2012

Katherine Zappone has questioned ‘external pressure’ on the Government’s choice of cuts while Jillian van Turnhout says it was not a child-friendly document.

# childrens-rights - Friday 19 August, 2011

Dutch Catholic institute to review child deaths

The deaths of 40 children at the home in the early 1950s are not being treated as suspicious, according to Dutch prosecutors.

# childrens-rights - Tuesday 12 July, 2011

Children's referendum not likely until next year, says minister

Children’s minister Frances Fitzgerald says the draft text should be ready by autumn, but a referendum won’t be.

# childrens-rights - Monday 30 May, 2011

Agency to help Irish people looking to adopt abroad

Arc Adoption is the first mediation agency to be approved under the Hague Convention. It’s hoped that adoptions from Vietnam will resume soon, after they were suspended in early 2010.

# childrens-rights - Tuesday 10 May, 2011

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Childline received 2,300 calls a day last year

The service for children and young people says a referendum on children’s rights is essential. It’s calling an increase of 20,000 calls in 2010 ‘startling’.

# childrens-rights - Tuesday 29 March, 2011

Take 5: Tuesday

5 stories, 5 minutes, 5 o’clock.

Liam Neeson becomes first Irish goodwill ambassador for Unicef

Actor joins elite tier of global ambassadors, alongside his mother-in-law Vanessa Redgrave.

# childrens-rights - Wednesday 9 March, 2011

Take 5: Ash Wednesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

# childrens-rights - Wednesday 3 November, 2010

Children’s right referendum likely to be delayed

The Taoiseach has indicated that the referendum on the rights of the child will take some time.

# childrens-rights - Sunday 31 October, 2010

Call for date of children's rights referendum to be set

TD Mary O’Rourke says that the referendum ought to take place early in 2011, and appealed to the government to release wording ahead of any vote.

# childrens-rights - Thursday 16 September, 2010

200 more child care workers to be employed by state

The state has recruited an extra 133 child care social workers so far.

# childrens-rights - Monday 13 September, 2010

Bethany survivors demand inclusion in redress scheme

Survivors of the Protestant-run Bethany home demand to be acknowledged in the same manner as Catholic abuse victims.

# childrens-rights - Tuesday 13 July, 2010

THE OMBUDSMAN for Children has said that that a referendum on the rights of the child is urgent.

In her annual report, Ombudsman Emily Logan said the children’s needs to be put first and that change to the constitution was essential. She said:

“What’s very, very clear to me is because the Constitution – which is the gold standard – doesn’t provide for children, everything else that flows from that means that it’s deficient in terms of really placing the interests of children ahead of anything else.”

Logan pointed to the Ryan and Murphy reports released last year, as highlighting the importance of children’ rights.

The Ombudsman’s report covers the year 2009, when the full scale of horrific institutional abuse of children in Ireland was exposed.

Logan said that there had been a a 13% increase in complaints last year. Significant delays in accessing medical care were highlighted, particularly for children with disabilities.

In one case, a parent of a child requiring a psychological assessment was told they would have to wait two years. In another, a child who had been diagnosed with autism waited for three years to receive Speech and Language therapy.

Parents seeking care for children with special need also had to liaise with several different bodies; in one complaint, a parent with two children with complex medical needs was forced to liaise 24 groups and bodies.

The report showed that 74% of the complainants were parents or guardian who were representing children.

Logan also pointed out that despite the office receiving a significant increase in workload in the past year, the budget was reduced to €2.310m from €2.377m.