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'It's not always as straightforward': Tusla chief on removing children at high risk from State care

Posted on 22, Jun 2017

Tusla chief executive Fred McBride was speaking at the Joint Committee on Children and Youth Affairs this morning. The decision to keep a child who was allegedly sexually abusing another child in State care – a case examined in a recent RTE Investigates programme – was a “complex decision on balancing the care of the two ch ...more>>

'I had suicidal thoughts but felt worthless and just lost hope waiting for treatment' - Sarah (15)

Posted on 22, Jun 2017

Teenager suffering from mental health difficulties 'lost hope' while waiting for treatment A teenager suffering from mental health difficulties has told of how she "lost hope" in getting better because of having to wait so long for treatment. Sarah (15) was forced to wait 18 months for an appointment with a psychiatrist ...more>>

Galway school children recognised for CPR training

Posted on 22, Jun 2017

A national school in Co Galway has become the first in the country to be recognised for providing life-saving skills to all pupils. Children at Gaelscoil na bhFilí in Gort have been given CPR training, so they can act as first responders in the event of a cardiac emergency. The 38 pupils at the Gaelscoil have spent the year learni ...more>>

Children must play ‘central role’ in State’s refugee policy

Posted on 21, Jun 2017

Direct provision ‘entirely unsuitable’ for children, says Irish Refugee Council Governments have been urged to allow the voices of children forced to leave their home countries and seek asylum abroad to play “a central role in informing policies” that affect refugees’ lives. Charities in Ireland and abroad m ...more>>

A wake-up call on teenage suicide

Posted on 20, Jun 2017

Unicef starkly predicts that one in 10,000 Irish 15 to 19-year-olds will die by suicide The finding in a Unicef report that the teenage suicide rate in the Republic is the fourth-highest among high-income countries must be a cause for concern. The report starkly predicts that one in 10,000 Irish 15 to 19-year-olds will die by suicide. Assess ...more>>

Children as young as seven are being targeted online in so called 'sextortion' scams.

Posted on 20, Jun 2017

A new report has highlighted how children as young as seven are being increasingly targeted by predators online, writes Ciara Phelan.   Also know as webcam blackmailing, sextortion is where a child is persuaded to share sexual information or images of themselves online and are then used to extort money or sexual favours.   ...more>>

Three children rushed to hospital due to sun burn

Posted on 20, Jun 2017

Three children were brought to hospital in the capital over the weekend as Ireland enjoyed its hottest days of the year so far. The mercury hit 27 degrees in part of the country and in Dublin three children had to be brought to hospital. One child under the age of five was brought to the Emergency Department in Temple Street with sunburn ...more>>

Fewer in asylum seeker centres

Posted on 19, Jun 2017

The number of asylum seekers in direct provision accommodation decreased by almost 6% last year. Figures provided by the Reception and Integration Agency (RIA) show 4,425 people, including 708 families, were living in the State’s 33 direct provision centres around the country at the end of 2016 — 271 fewer than in 2015. Howev ...more>>

Ireland has one of highest teenage suicide rates in EU

Posted on 19, Jun 2017

Ireland has the fourth highest teen suicide rate in the EU/OECD region, according to new research from Unicef. The organisation's latest report card on well-being of young people found that Ireland's suicide rate amongst adolescents aged 15 to 19 was higher than the international average. The 10.3 per 100,000 population ranks wel ...more>>

Multi-disciplinary approach to defeating Parkinson’s is key

Posted on 19, Jun 2017

Ahead of a conference on Parkinson’s disease, Dr Sean O’Sullivan emphasises the key role that support groups can play in the battle against the illness In 1817, a 62-year-old London surgeon wrote a treatise that would become a medical classic: An Essay on the Shaking Palsy. James Parkinson was the first to give a complete des ...more>>

Vulnerable adults also need our protection

Posted on 16, Jun 2017

The abuse of adults must be addressed in the same way as for children to offer help where needed but also respecting individual autonomy, writes Colette Kelleher. For some, abuse and neglect are unfortunately every day and ordinary. Abuse comes in many forms and from many quarters — €50 pinched from the weekly pension, extra p ...more>>

Former caretaker of GAA ground charged with child abuse

Posted on 16, Jun 2017

A 62-year-old former caretaker of a midlands GAA ground has appeared in court in Longford charged with 144 sexual offences against children, between 2000 and 2013. The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was arrested at 8.15am and charged with sexual assault, exploitation of children at a GAA ground, and possession and productio ...more>>

Daffodil Care Services job bulletin

Posted on 16, Jun 2017

16th June 2017 jobs bulletin Daffodil Care Services are currently hiring for the following vacancies and interviews will take place locally in June 2017:   Social Care Leader- Full Time- South Tipperary www.daffodilcare.ie/careerdetails.php?ids=18   Social Care Worker- Full Time- South Tipperary www.daffodil ...more>>

National Carers Week aims to celebrate work carers do in Irish society

Posted on 13, Jun 2017

‘Ethan needs everything from being changed, to feeding. He is losing his ability to walk’  Geraldine Renton is a parent and full-time carer for her son, Ethan (15), who is severely disabled and was diagnosed with Hunter Syndrome when he was four. “Ethan would need everything from being changed, to feeding, absolute ...more>>

Girl seeking abortion held in psychiatric unit when she thought she was going for termination

Posted on 13, Jun 2017

A consultant psychiatrist said termination was “not the solution for all the child’s problems at this stage”. A young girl who was seeking an abortion was detained in a psychiatric unit under the Mental Health Act at the end of last year. The case has been published by the Child Care Law Reporting Project which looks at ...more>>

Family ‘would not speak’ to woman (86) after she left nursing home

Posted on 13, Jun 2017

Residents and ‘reluctant’ carers tell Citizens’ Assembly about experiences in institutions Loneliness and isolation were common themes in interviews with elderly people on their experience of nursing homes that were played to members of the Citizen’s Assembly at the weekend. A woman (86), who lives in the south of ...more>>

Daffodil Care Services job bulletin

Posted on 09, Jun 2017

9th June 2017 jobs bulletin Daffodil Care Services are currently hiring for the following vacancies and interviews will take place locally in June 2017:   Social Care Leader South Tipperary www.daffodilcare.ie/careerdetails.php?ids=18 New Service Social Care Leader Cork www.daffodilcare.ie/careerdetails.php?ids=45 ...more>>

Children ‘have a happy and beautiful life’ in foster care

Posted on 08, Jun 2017

A judge gazed at a family photo attached to one of the many files clogging the bench at the Child Care Court. Holding it up, the judge remarked: “Absolutely gorgeous children. “It’s lovely to see such a beautiful photograph taken of happy children, the children we try to care for every day in this court.” The ...more>>

Commission of Inquiry into Child Abuse to cost €90 million

Posted on 08, Jun 2017

Chairman Mr Justice Sean Ryan tells describes ‘long, difficult and costly’ inquiry The Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse will cost €90 million in legal expenses, Mr Justice Sean Ryan has said. Speaking at the World Congress on Family Law and Children’s Rights in Dublin, the president of the Court of Appeal, wh ...more>>

Direct Provision ruling signals new “dialogue” between Dail and the Judicary

Posted on 08, Jun 2017

The judges did not shirk their responsibility to act as guardians of constitutional rights, but neither did they arrogate political power to themselves The Supreme Court ruled last week in favour of a Burmese asylum seeker who challenged the legislative provisions that prohibited him from seeking work during the course of the eight years he ...more>>

Intervention programme children had higher IQ and fewer behavioural problems

Posted on 06, Jun 2017

The IQ of the children who received intervention was 10 points higher than those in the control group.   The children whose parents received the intervention were less likely to be overweight (23% compared to 41% in the control group) and had fewer behavioural problems (2% compared to 17% in the control group).   New de ...more>>

You are never too young to tackle mental health

Posted on 06, Jun 2017

Are our children learning to be as mentally fit as they are physically fit? There have been few generations as transformative for children as this one, other than perhaps the 1950s and 1960s, with both opportunities and pressures far more pronounced. The internet has opened up the world for them, but has also brought that world constantl ...more>>

Court chief criticises judgments noting children as ‘soulless initials’

Posted on 06, Jun 2017

Baroness Brenda Hale urges judges to write judgments where ‘child leaps from the page’  If a child wants to give evidence in a family law case, judges should not be so reluctant to let them, Baroness Brenda Hale told an international congress on family law and children’s rights in Dublin on Monday. The deputy presi ...more>>

New website will show clues from child sex abuse cases to help track down paedophiles

Posted on 01, Jun 2017

Europol has shared 20 images of mundane objects that could help track down the perpetrators of child sex abuse. A particular shampoo brand, a magazine cover, a shopping bag or even a wallpaper pattern are among the clues Europol posted online today, hoping they may help trace child sex abusers and their victims. Europe’s police age ...more>>

The number of teenage pregnancies in Ireland has fallen by 64% - but STIs are on the rise

Posted on 01, Jun 2017

Instances of chlamydia, gonorrhea and herpes have all increased among young people. The number of teenage pregnancies has fallen by 64% in 15 years, new statistics have shown. The HSE said that new birth figures released by the CSO today show a decrease in the number of births to teenagers from 3,087 in 2001 to 1,098 in 2016. This eq ...more>>

Serial sex offenders face tougher sentences under new bill

Posted on 01, Jun 2017

Serial sex offenders could face tougher jail sentences under new legislation being brought before the Dáil. Independent Alliance TD Kevin 'Boxer' Moran has introduced a Bill which seeks to ensure that a sex offender who has a previous conviction for a similar crime must serve at least three-quarters of the maximum sentence for ...more>>