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# Children

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# parent's benefit
Over 15,000 new parents have availed of Parent's Benefit payment since introduction in 2019
Parent’s Benefit is a social welfare payment available for employed and self-employed people.
# factcheck
Debunked: No, the Army is not going to chip children in schools so they can monitor them
The incorrect claim is being widely shared on social media.
# Cabinet Meeting
Government to set up archive of records related to institutional trauma in 20th century
The government released a statement about the Mother and Baby Homes this evening.
# Vaccination
The flu vaccine and children: Here is everything parents need to know
“The flu vaccine is one of the safest vaccines we have, it’s one of the oldest vaccines we have,” a GP said.
# nphet
Less invasive nasal swab to be applied for Covid-19 testing on children
The period of isolation following onset of symptoms has also been reduced from 14 days to 10 days.
# Report
Over a quarter of Irish children and adolescents say they do not have a high satisfaction with life
Ireland placed 26th in a ranking of mental health concerns for children and adolescents.
# schools reopening
Overcrowded classes and an empty classroom: Serious 'frustration' at teaching job cuts during a health crisis
A mixture of excitement and frustration prevailed at one Louth school with classes of 33 pupils as available classrooms lie empty.
# Back To School
Is your child worried about going to school? An expert has some tips for parents
Many children, and parents, are anxious about schools reopening.
# Schools
40% of teachers concerned about how play-based lessons will be affected by Covid-19 restrictions
That’s according to a new study published by DCU researchers.
# Domestic Violence
'I feel like the only way out is to die': Over 20,000 disclosures of abuse made to Women's Aid in 2019
Women reported being beaten, strangled, burned and raped, and there was a spike in calls during the Covid-19 pandemic.
# Special Needs
New research highlights long-term impact of Covid-19 restrictions on children with autism
The report highlights a decline in children’s abilities and skills since the introduction of Covid-19 restrictions.
# new parents
'Maternity leave is a human right': TD calls for parental leave for TDs
Social Democrats TD Holly Cairns says it is ‘incredible’ that it does not already exist.
# Maternity Leave
'Parents face stark choices': Three-week extension to parent's leave criticised as too little, too late
Sinn Féin is going to introduce a motion to the Dáil today calling for 12-week extension to paid maternity leave.
# Dáil
'I've can't lift my arms, brush my hair, or even go to the toilet alone': Children still waiting on Spinraza drug, Dáil told
The drug is used to treat SMA which can develop in babies and toddlers and can significantly reduce life expectancy.
# Childcare
'It's been a long 16 weeks': Anticipation tinged with nerves as creches prepare to re-open
Providers say they’ve done everything they can to make things seem normal for children.
# symptomatic
Majority of children and teenagers with Covid-19 only experience mild symptoms, according to new research
A separate study also published by the Lancet examined brain function complications as a result of Covid-19.
# Ombudsman
Ombudsman expresses 'grave concern' over potential abolition of Department of Children
The Children’s Ombudsman has written a letter to the three party leaders involved in government formation talks.
# Your Say
Poll: Should the Department of Children be scrapped?
A proposal to merge the Department of Children with the Department of Education is being considered.
# Childcare
State grants will ensure childcare providers should have no reason to increase fees, says minister
A €75 million funding package has been announced.
# Childcare
'Play-pods' of up to 12 children to be introduced in creches as they reopen from 29 June
These services will first be made available to children of essential workers and those experiencing poverty or welfare issues.
The government's Covid-19 childcare plans, while noble, will not benefit children
Karen Clince of Tigers Childcare says there is another way to provide childcare safely, and she has some suggestions.
# Coronavirus
'Shambolic': Government told to 'go back to the drawing board' over failed childcare scheme for healthcare workers
The scheme has been scrapped after just six providers had applied to take part.
# Kawasaki disease
Three children in New York die of rare disease that could be linked to Covid-19
While no link has been formally established to the new coronavirus, scientists believe the Kawasaki disease could be connected.
# Covid-19
Childcare providers have until Tuesday to sign up to wage subsidy scheme
Wages of thousands of employees working in the childcare sector will be topped up to a maximum of €586 a week.
# Law Society
Court-ordered access to children for separated parents advised to continue during pandemic
The pandemic can’t be used as an “excuse to prevent separated parents having contact with their children”, the Law Society says.
# emergency measures
Parents will not have to pay for childcare they are not receiving during Covid-19 crisis, says Taoiseach
The government is to pay a proportion of childcare staff costs during the closure period.
# entertainment
Disney+ launches in Ireland today, here are our top picks to watch first
The new streaming service has over 500 films and thousands of television episodes.
# Child Abuse
'Isolated at home with their tormentor': Childline experiences increase in calls since closure of schools
The ISPCC said home is not a happy place for all children and they do not have their regular support network in schools anymore.
# covid19 facts
Some supermarkets are banning children - but does the science back up their reasons?
One experts says that it has not been confirmed yet if children are vectors.
# covid19
Are playdates okay? The HSE's advice on social distancing for children
The HSE said parents should be practical in minimising the risk, while allowing some semblance of normality to continue.
# pure in heart
Catholic group that taped students together in sex ed talks develops presentation for primary schools
Teenagers have previously spoken to about the presentations in secondary schools – in one case a group was told condoms fail one in six times.
# magec
Parents of children affected by scoliosis spinal rod recall to be contacted by surgeons in next 24 hours
Thirty-one such devices have been placed on the Irish market, sparking concern among many parents.
# Child Protection
'You're not screening for them': Concern that trafficked Irish children are falling through the cracks
The OSCE’s special representative for combating human trafficking said children in foster care or those who came from abusive backgrounds are particularly vulnerable.
# warning
Ireland ranks in bottom 30 in world for tackling carbon emissions, according to UN report
The UN called on countries to take immediate action to safeguard childrens’ futures.
# screen time
Toddlers who view screens for over three hours a day are 'less physically active at age five'
That’s according to a new study carried out on 500 children.
# Basic Skills
Half of primary school students unable to kick a ball properly, study finds
Half of children studied were found to be unable to kick a ball properly.
# Newcastle
Gardaí identify the children whose bodies were found in Dublin home as brothers and sister
The three bodies were discovered by gardaí in Newcastle last night.
# Newcastle
Bodies of three children found at Dublin house
Gardaí are currently attending the scene of the incident at a house in Newcastle, Co Dublin.
# christmas spirit
Christmas FM raises €412,000 for Barretstown children's charity
The original goal of €250,000 was well surpassed.
# Simon Harris
'The tobacco industry targeting e-cigarettes at young people is cynical, sickening and dangerous'
A survey of over 15,500 schoolchildren in Ireland explored their relationship with alcohol, smoking, sex, food and exercise.