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#Child Protection

# child-protection - Thursday 20 June, 2019

Tánaiste says stricter online safety rules are needed: 'The days of self-regulation are over'

Calls for an online safety Oireachtas committee were heard in the Dáil today.

# child-protection - Sunday 2 June, 2019

Column: Top tips for parents to avoid a holiday from hell this summer

They may be the apple of your eye but a break from the little darlings might just be the best part of your holiday, writes Shane Dunphy.

# child-protection - Monday 29 April, 2019

Irish government to consider similar legislation to UK 'porn block' law

From July pornography sites will be required to have robust age-verification systems in place for UK users.

# child-protection - Sunday 21 April, 2019

Child Protection: The failure to publish the report into Mother & Baby Homes is part of a continued cover-up

‘I have no problem with due process, but when this gets in the way of truth and allows a culture of secrecy and collusion to continue, then we need to re-evaluate’, writes Shane Dunphy.

# child-protection - Tuesday 2 April, 2019

Mark Zuckerberg tells TDs that Facebook is working proactively on child protection issues

Three TDs met with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in the Merrion Hotel in Dublin today

Our systems are not working to prevent child sexual violence, even after it is reported

Of all reported cases of child sexual violence only 2% end in a conviction. Children whose disclosures don’t result in a criminal conviction still need protection, writes Dr Clíona Saidléar.

# child-protection - Sunday 17 March, 2019

Leaving Neverland: 'A monster was hiding in plain sight and we chose to look the other way'

Child protection expert Shane Dunphy writes that the allegations are credible and consistent but cannot now be proven definitively.

# child-protection - Sunday 3 March, 2019

Opinion: Is the Catholic Church still covering up child sex abuse on the grounds that it is a 'pontifical secret'?

The summit heard that the canon law protection of ‘pontifical secret’ had been applied to numerous clerical abuse cases. Bizarrely, it was suggested that this practice should not continue – indicating that it is ongoing. writes Shane Dunphy.

# child-protection - Thursday 28 February, 2019

Scouting Ireland asks Tusla for evidence about why it questioned overnight camping trips

Scouting Ireland says these concerns were never raised with the organisation.

# child-protection - Wednesday 27 February, 2019

Parents told to ensure no overnight Scouting Ireland trips go ahead without safe number of supervisors

Tusla says an ‘immediate review’ of the current standards around the supervision of children should be undertaken.

# child-protection - Monday 11 February, 2019

Opinion: Is allowing children unrestricted internet access a child protection issue?

Would you be happy for your six-year-old to have unlimited, unsupervised access to a firearm – perhaps if it had been modified to only shoot lighter loads? asks Shane Dunphy.

# child-protection - Sunday 3 February, 2019

Opinion: The death of James Bulger still haunts me

We have an ethical responsibility to face up to the dark truth that children perpetrate violence and equally we have an ethical responsibility to show empathy for victim’s families, writes Shane Dunphy.

# child-protection - Monday 21 January, 2019

Judge told child in rural Irish town may have been trafficked

In another case the court heard a pre-school age child may have been sexually abused while in foster care.

# child-protection - Sunday 20 January, 2019

'Helicopter parents: If you let your child fall down they might just learn to get back up again'

21st-century parenting is the reason that many young people today have remarkably poor coping skills, writes Shane Dunphy.

# child-protection - Thursday 29 November, 2018

Opinion: We need to change Irish culture to lift the lid on child abuse

The Scouting Ireland scandal reminds us that more than 90% of child sex abusers are known to their victims and predators are experts at blending in, writes child protection expert, Shane Dunphy.

# child-protection - Wednesday 21 November, 2018

Opinion: Government plans to tackle child neglect - but we've heard it all before

The First 5 plan is one in a long line of strategies to protect children but nothing ever changes on the ground, writes child protection expert, Shane Dunphy.

# child-protection - Tuesday 2 October, 2018

Arrest over distribution of 'child sex dolls' as gardaí raid 32 premises

Digital material, computers and mobile phones were seized in the searches which took place over the last five days.

# child-protection - Wednesday 27 June, 2018

Facebook to start placing child abduction alerts on Irish users' feeds

CRI Alerts have only been used by gardaí on six occasions since their introduction.

# child-protection - Wednesday 6 June, 2018

Sex offender information may be disclosed to 'necessary people' under proposed new law

The name, address and the risk the offender poses could be released on a case-by-case basis under the proposed new law.

# child-protection - Tuesday 5 June, 2018

Child abuse cases bogged down by lack of cooperation between gardaí and social workers

A major report has found that the courts aren’t adequately resourced to deal with complex cases.

# child-protection - Monday 28 May, 2018

Childline answered 381,000 calls, texts and online messages from children last year

72% of phone calls answered by the charity came from males.

# child-protection - Thursday 24 May, 2018

'Inexperienced and untrained gardaí' investigating allegations of child sex abuse

Special Rapporteur for Children Dr Geoffrey Shannon said there has been no significant follow-up from garda management after it asked him last year to help with training.

# child-protection - Wednesday 16 May, 2018

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.

# child-protection - Friday 13 April, 2018

Scouting Ireland's State funding frozen over governance concerns following rape allegation

The funding freeze comes after a man in the organisation was reinstated, without garda vetting, despite a rape allegation being made against him.

# child-protection - Saturday 28 October, 2017

The 9 at 9: Saturday

Here’s all the news you need to know as you start your long weekend.

# child-protection - Thursday 19 October, 2017

Nearly 20,000 reports of suspected child abuse were made to Tusla last year

This represents a 5% increase from 2015 figures.

# child-protection - Sunday 24 September, 2017

Author of damning report on gardaí's child protection record invited to train new recruits

Professor Geoffrey Shannon published a comprehensive audit of the gardaí’s child protection practices in May.

# child-protection - Tuesday 30 May, 2017

Tusla is "very concerned" after child sexual abuse issue raised on RTE Investigates

A report published yesterday found chronic systemic failures in the functions carried out by Tusla.

Beaten, neglected, left home alone - The report 'every parent in the country needs to read'

A shocking report published yesterday highlights cases of abuse and neglect of children in this country – and the State’s efforts to protect them.

# child-protection - Monday 29 May, 2017

'Children are treated like human trash': The systematic failings in Ireland's child protection system

A report published today found serious issues with inter-agency cooperation when dealing with vulnerable children taken from their parents.

# child-protection - Monday 22 May, 2017

Tusla inquiries are a 'major distraction' according to chief executive

McBride was speaking at the launch of Tusla’s new child protection and welfare strategy for 2017-2022.

# child-protection - Monday 19 December, 2016

'Our culture blames victims as young as 12': New report on sexual violence in Ireland launched

At the launch of its annual report, the RCNI spoke about consent, abortion and how we judge teenage victims.

# child-protection - Thursday 17 December, 2015

Loophole in vetting procedure leaves Irish children open to predators

The Garda Vetting Unit are not currently required to seek information from police outside the State about people who have lived abroad.

# child-protection - Monday 6 July, 2015

The Greek people have said no – so what's next?

Yesterday’s result will have inspired millions across Europe that the forces of the 1% can be taken on.

# child-protection - Friday 3 July, 2015

Gardaí claim child abuse investigations were badly delayed by Tusla

A new report looks at child protection services in North Dublin.

# child-protection - Monday 8 June, 2015

'Unnerving' proposal could see sexual abuse victims be questioned by alleged abusers

Social workers say they feel “ethically compromised” by the suggestion.

Thousands of vulnerable children are still waiting for a social worker

The number of cases yet to be assigned to a social worker has reduced by just over 5% since the end of 2014.

# child-protection - Thursday 28 May, 2015

What happened when two Roma children were taken from their families?

A garda was arrested today over leaks to the media in the case.

# child-protection - Monday 25 May, 2015

Children moved from asylum centres after claims of inappropriate contact

A report today said the children were moved before any assessment could take place and this hindered one of the investigations.

# child-protection - Wednesday 20 May, 2015

Poll: Should parents be able to access details of sex offenders living nearby? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should parents be able to access details of sex offenders living nearby?

New figures have shown the number of criminals on the sex offenders list.

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