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Voices
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.
Voices
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.
Voices
Opinion: Priests should break the seal of confession when someone admits to child abuse
The most sacred thing in any civilised society should be the protection of children.
# martyn turner
Irish Times to explain why controversial cartoon was removed from website
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin had said last week that priests were “hurt” by the cartoon’s publication.
# Child Protection
Children First bill published, 15 years after it was first mooted
Minister Frances Fitzgerald had promised in early March that the bill would be published soon.
# Legislation
In detail: the 30 Bills the Government is planning this spring
The coalition has published a list of 30 Bills it’s hoping to get published before the end of April. Here’s the lot.
# CHildren first
No concerns for Samaritans confidentiality under Children First bill
The organisation said that it is working with the Department of Children and relevant authorities to ensure its processes and procedures meet the proposed Children First legislation.
# Enda Kenny
New standards for child protection services unveiled
The Taoiseach said the 27 point plan sets out clearly what exactly is expected of HSE managers and social workers when working within child protection services.
# CHildren first
Teachers to have their say on Children First Bill
They will speak to the government’s committee on health and children at its meeting tomorrow.
# CHildren first
Ombudsman to discuss Children First Bill with Oireachtas Health Committee
Emily Logan is to give her input ahead of the drafting of the legislation.
# Oireachtas
Health Committee to resume hearings on Children First Bill
Gordon Jeyes of the HSE will attend the meeting this morning.
# HSE
Head of HSE Child and Family vents frustration at... HSE
Gordon Jeyes was recorded giving a lecture at UCD in which he criticised the HSE and questioned the mandatory reporting of child abuse suspicions.
# Children
'Real progress' being made on Ryan Report recommendations
The Minister for Children has published a second progress report on the recommendations arising out of the Ryan Report.