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# Child Safety

This year
Varadkar: 'There are a lot of good things about being a child in Ireland, but huge deficits too'
In the last two weeks, two significant reports have highlighted serious failings in the care for children in the state.
Jelly sweets recalled from Irish shops due to choking risk caused by additives
The FSAI has requested that retailers remove the sweets from sale immediately.
30% of children told they can go online 'whenever they want', survey finds
One school who spoke to the charity had an incident where an older child sent sexual images into a snapchat group with younger kids in it.
Last year
HIQA inspection finds child sexual abuse case left waiting 11 months for initial assessment
Tusla services in the Louth Meath area were deemed non-compliant by inspectors in three areas of quality and safety.
All time
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.
Opinion: 'The children I meet are often shattered by their social media use'
Often, girls are worn out by body judgement and boys by overuse of video games, writes Stella O’Malley, a psychotherapist.
Twitter clamps down on Irish-linked accounts sharing pictures of underage children
Despite Twitter shutting down a significant number of these accounts, new versions keep appearing.
UK to officially ban use of porn websites among under-18s from July
The new laws will come into effect from 15 July.
What has this row between Scouting Ireland and Tusla been about?
Child safety expert Ian Elliott said that the organisation is “as safe as it can be and getting safer” – Tusla disagrees.
Ireland and US agree to share travel information of convicted child sex offenders
The Cabinet approved the sharing of travel information of child sex offenders from the US to Ireland and vice versa.
Allergy treatment to prevent severe reactions to peanut could be on the way
A US company has conducted research on young children.
School bus stopped by gardaí due to badly worn tyres and rust is taken out of service
The Department of Education said the “safety of children travelling on the school transport service is of paramount importance”.
Denis Naughten says banning children from the internet 'isn't practical'
The government is moving towards appointing a Digital Safety Commissioner.
How should I talk to my three-year-old son about 'bad people'?
We want our kids to stay innocent – but we also want to prepare them. Where is the right balance, asks Chrissie Russell.
'False sense of security': Warning for parents who use smart devices to keep tabs on their children
Some smartphones and smartwatches could be sharing your child’s location with strangers.
Do you know how to protect your child on social media apps?
Concerns over children’s safety online were raised this week following Snapchat’s latest update.
Warning for Irish parents over Snapchat update that shows users' exact locations
Snapchat has introduced a map feature that allows users to track other people’s location.
'When did it become the norm to say 'I'll go out with you if you send me a naked pic'?'
Children and technology expert Andy Phippen gives his advice to parents on the issue of sexting.
'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.
Dear Driver: What do I need to know when buying child seats?
Got a motoring question or looking for some advice? We’re here to help.
Midlands children in foster care can go months without seeing their siblings or birth families
A new report has identified serious shortcomings in foster care in the region.
Dear Driver: Which is the safest seat in my MPV?
Got a motoring question or looking for some advice? We’re here to help.
Dear Driver: When should I let my child go in the front seat?
Got a motoring question or looking for some advice? We’re here to help.
Three-year-old girl dies after allegedly choking on Kinder Surprise toy
The death is being investigated by a prosecutor in Toulouse.
Children are being put at risk because government is dragging its heels
We are failing to learn lessons from the past on child protection. It is a shameful mark of disrespect to the many children who have suffered abuse and neglect in Ireland.
Concern after hundreds of unidentified files on families discovered in office
A review is being carried out now in the Laois/Offaly area.
New law means electronic tagging for some sex offenders
There has been a wide welcome for new offences against child grooming and buying sex.
The Upgrade: Making your home family-friendly speaks to an expert on how best to make your home safe for a young child.
How to keep your child safe while they're online
The internet is a vast and useful tool, but for parents, it something that comes with its own drawbacks. Here is how you can ensure they stay safe while they’re online.
Benedictine and Columban orders meeting most child safeguarding protocols
The NBSCCCI reports are largely complimentary to the two orders.
Dublin Archdiocese commended for 'exemplar' child abuse allegation reporting system
The latest review commends the roles of Priest Support Co-ordinator and Priest Delegate – both roles being unique to the Dublin Diocese.
Safeguarding board has "no remit" to deal with abuse by Irish priests abroad
As further reviews of child protection measures across Catholic Church in Ireland published, “anomaly” emerges.
Diocese of Down and Connor met 46 of 48 child safety objectives
The second-largest diocese in the country has dealt with cases involving 14 living priests in recent years, dealing with each of them properly, a report by the Church’s child safety watchdog has found.
Catholic Church child welfare watchdog to publish audit results today
The largest audit of Church bodies to date will be published today, with Christian Brothers particularly under the microscope.
Vatican not legally liable for clerical abuse - says Vatican
UN committee’s questionnaire on Vatican’s own investigations into clerical sex abuse cases also remains unanswered.
Distressing short film imagines fate of missing child
ISPCC has released the fictional short to highlight awareness of its Missing Children’s Hotline.
Priest steps aside as "child safeguarding" complaint is investigated
A statement from the Bishop of Kilmore says that the complaint relates to events that happened “a considerable time ago”.
Children's Ombudsman has "trust of the public" needed for Roma cases probe
Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald explains why Emily Logan has been given power to compel gardai to speak to her.
New bishop asks Athlone community to pray for sex attack victims
Bishop Francis Duffy said a prayer at his ordination for the two young girls who were allegedly attacked in Athlone.