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#Ombudsman For Children

# ombudsman-for-children - Sunday 11 November, 2018

84 complaints from Direct Provision residents so far this year

Direct Provision centres are temporary accommodation facilities for people who come to Ireland and present as asylum seekers.

# ombudsman-for-children - Tuesday 30 January, 2018

Ombudsman receives 97 complaints from Direct Provision residents

The Ombudsman’s office began accepting complaints from people in Direct Provision last April.

# ombudsman-for-children - Monday 24 July, 2017

Mother and children placed in hotel with 'bloodstained mattresses' after fleeing domestic violence

The woman and her children were left without a stable home for almost two years.

# ombudsman-for-children - Tuesday 18 July, 2017

'We need consistency': Long delays by Tusla in dealing with abuse allegations, report says

The Ombudsman was critical of Tusla’s procedures for dealing with abuse allegations.

# ombudsman-for-children - Friday 2 June, 2017

'Sarah is 7 and has hydrocephalus. Her homeless family spent nights sleeping in their car'

There are thousands of very vulnerable children living in Ireland today, writes Dr Niall Muldoon.

# ombudsman-for-children - Tuesday 23 May, 2017

Child with an intellectual disability placed in hospital for three months

The Ombudsman for Children is concerned that this is a children’s rights issue and plan to pursue the issue in 2017.

# ombudsman-for-children - Wednesday 23 November, 2016

Severely disabled child denied education for 10 months after allegations of abuse at school

A new report from the Ombudsman for Children says education must be adaptable to the individual needs of children

# ombudsman-for-children - Tuesday 3 February, 2015

97 people wanted to be the new Ombudsman for Children, but this man got the job

Dr Niall Muldoon has been working in child protection for 20 years.

# ombudsman-for-children - Monday 29 September, 2014

Children are to help choose the next Ombudsman for Children

They will be involved the developing the job spec and the selection process.

# ombudsman-for-children - Tuesday 2 September, 2014

Number of complaints made to the Ombudsman for Children up 16%

Child protection continues to be a problem in Ireland said Emily Logan.

Keeping children in Direct Provision for 10 years is not right, says Logan

The issue of direct provision is “unresolved” for the Ombudsman for Children.

# ombudsman-for-children - Friday 25 October, 2013

Children's Ombudsman given powers to investigate gardaí as well as HSE

It follows the removal of two children, aged seven and two, from their parents in Dublin and Athlone on Monday and Tuesday of this week after authorities were informed that they were not their children.

# ombudsman-for-children - Thursday 24 October, 2013

Ombudsman for Children to investigate Roma child incidents

The Ombudsman was contacted by the Minister for Justice on the issue today.

# ombudsman-for-children - Tuesday 7 May, 2013

The 5 at 5: Tuesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

# ombudsman-for-children - Wednesday 17 October, 2012

Minister for Justice: All teenagers to be removed from St Patrick's by 2014

The Inspector of Prisons has reported incidents of forced stripping of prisoners, excessive punishment, and bullying and intimidation of young and vulnerable inmates by staff at the facility.

# ombudsman-for-children - Tuesday 9 October, 2012

Complaints to Children's Ombudsman rose by over 20 per cent last year

The Ombudsman for Children Emily Logan said that her office was highlighting cases which were likely to lead to systemic change.

# ombudsman-for-children - Sunday 29 April, 2012

"Not a dumping ground": Pregnant girl turned away from school

The girl was turned away from the Catholic school in Munster on two occasions – once when she was pregnant and again after she had given birth.

# ombudsman-for-children - Friday 27 April, 2012

Ombudsman: shift attention from ‘third party abuser’ to put children first

The Ombudsman for Children says the focus of the debate needs to move to abuse which takes place within the home.

# ombudsman-for-children - Monday 12 March, 2012

11-year-old student driven home to use the bathroom due to lack of SNAs

The primary school student at St Munchin’s CBS in Limerick, who is in a wheelchair, has had to have his mother attend the school to help bring him to the bathroom during the school day.

# ombudsman-for-children - Monday 27 February, 2012

Ombudsman: Children left in 'legal uncertainty' without legislation on surrogacy

Emily Logan said that the Dept of Justice guidelines don’t go far enough to clear up legal uncertainties for parents and children.

# ombudsman-for-children - Wednesday 1 June, 2011

The 9 at 9: Wednesday

Nine things you need to know by 9am: Aer Lingus heads to LRC to avert flight cancellations; what US diplomats really thought of Ireland’s politicians and the girl stoned to the death because of a beauty contest.

Children's Ombudsman sees increased complaints for 2010

The Ombudsman for Children’s annual report will today publish an annual report showing a 34 per cent increase in cases.

# ombudsman-for-children - 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.