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Sunday 26 March 2023 Dublin: 7°C

# Children

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# Research
Countries that help working class students get into university have happier citizens
That’s according to a study published in the British Journal of Sociology of Education
# Aoibhneas
Domestic abuse service helped 76 women and 100 children in 24 hours
Every year Aoibhneas has to turn away 400 families seeking refuge.
# oral health plan
To avoid 'traumatic' extractions, government set to expand dental care for kids under 6
Children receive free dental check ups in 2nd, 4th and 6th class but there has been huge cuts to those services.
# Measles
People divided on banning unvaccinated children from schools
Most people agree with this stance but almost one in five are unsure, according to an opinion poll.
# Homelessness
The State won't know how many homeless students will be sitting the Leaving Cert this summer
Neither the Department of Education nor the State Examination Commission keep those details.
# sinne fianna fail
Every child should be taught the words of Amhrán na bhFiann in primary school, says Taoiseach
There have been calls for the teaching of the national anthem to be added to the curriculum.
# Family Courts
Parents' focus on 'winning' custody battles is harming Irish children
An Oireachtas committee will today hear from various interest groups about proposals to reform the family law system.
# Day of Action
Leo says he supports school students going on strike next week as part of global action on climate change
Friday, 15 March has been named as an international day of action on climate change.
Opinion: How to deal with your child's fear of the monsters under the bed
Philippa Perry writes about how not to shut children down, which might only encourage them not to talk to you about big and small things.
# youth diversion
Over half of youths not punished for serious crimes due to garda scheme failings went on to reoffend
In more than 2,000 cases an adult who was also involved in the crime was cautioned or prosecuted for the offence.
# Report Card
The government got an 'F' from 100 organisations over how it's handling child and family homelessness
The government has also been criticised for not introducing national standards for emergency accommodation.
# Review
Inquiry to be considered after children reassured hearing was fine only to be told years later of impairment
The HSE issued apologies to 60 children as result of failings related to paediatric audiology services.
# promises
Hungary to give women with 4 or more children lifelong tax exemption
Viktor Orban announced that and other measures during his “state of the nation” address.
# Cyber Safety
80% of 8 to 10-year-olds own a device capable of accessing the internet, and 40% are talking to strangers online
Today is Safer Internet Day, with organisations working to raise awareness around how people can be more safe online.
# Development
Babies who hear two languages at home have a better ability to concentrate
This new research suggests the advantages of living in a bilingual home begin from the very earliest stage of development.
# Children's Hospital
'It's so badly needed': Harris defends development of children's hospital despite rising costs
Minister for Health Simon Harris appeared before the Health Committee this afternoon.
# overhaul
External agencies providing sex ed in schools to be regulated in recommended radical overhaul
A report launching today calls for a radical overhaul of how sex education is taught in both primary and secondary schools.
# personal injury
Over 200 claims made against Bus Éireann School Transport Scheme
The School Transport Scheme transports children who reside in remote areas of the country to and from their nearest school.
# Children in Care
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.
# screen time
Children who own mobile phones at younger age perform worse in reading and maths tests
New research has found that four in 10 children in Ireland own a mobile phone by the age of nine.
# Study
Guide suggests not enough evidence that screen time is harmful to children's health
Published by the RCPCH the guide consulted 109 children and young people across the UK.
# 22nd century
Babies born in Ireland in 2019 can expect to live until 2101
Ireland is one of only 28 countries where 2019 babies will likely live until the 22nd century
# Mental Health
'Sometimes they're just lonely and want a chat': What it means to volunteer at Childline
Childline saw it’s seventh millionth phone call earlier this year – we sat down with some volunteers to see what Childline means to them.
# Childline
'Tension, fraught relationships, alcohol': Childline contacted 1,200 times on Christmas Day
The number represents a 25% increase on last year’s contacts.
# hugh's house
VIDEO: The charity providing free accommodation to parents of sick children
Ade Stack saw parents who were not from Dublin sleeping in waiting rooms and in their cars while her son was in hospital – she wanted to do something to help.
# Data Protection
Public consultation on children's data protection rights will begin next week
Public consultation will allow parent groups and child welfare organisations to make submissions.
# Homelessness
'My dad was on heroin... I was put into care when I was 8': The experience of young homeless families
A new report looks into the experiences of new families with young parents.
# complex needs
'Beyond crisis': Almost half of beds for children with mental health needs closed due to safety concerns
Staffing issues are also having an impact.
# communication needs
Hopes that Irish children's TV will follow UK and feature Lámh signing after viral video
Lámh is Ireland’s version of Makaton.
# Your Say
Poll: Are 'no fry zones' around schools a good idea?
One in four children in Ireland is overweight or obese.
# i hope you grow
Homeless kids launch book of stories and poems to let other children know 'they are not alone'
The children said they wanted to share the difficulties they have experienced but also to share their hope with other children in tough situations.
# Homelessness
Homeless crisis will not begin to ease until at least 2021, committee told
A Trinity professor said the recategorisation of homeless figures has “undermined confidence in the data”.
# families
Growing up in Ireland: Just one in four 9-year-olds get recommended level of physical activity
One quarter reported being physically active for at least 60 minutes every day.
# Waiting Lists
More than 1,600 children and teens waiting over a year for psychology appointments
The HSE figures were released to Fianna Fáil’s mental health spokesperson James Browne.
Opinion: 'Eating this mineral in pregnancy - and before conception - can boost how your child's brain develops'
The evidence is very clear and yet we are among the countries in the world that is most deficient in this mineral, writes
# Report Card
Homeless and Traveller children 'falling through gaps' in education system
Ireland is one of the best countries in terms of reducing education inequality, but concerns have been raised about vulnerable children.
# Sichuan
Knife-wielding woman attacks and injures 14 children in Chinese kindergarten
The 39-year-old assailant used a kitchen knife to slash students while they were returning to the classroom.
# Homelessness
The number of homeless children in Ireland has risen by 136 in the space of a month
There are now collectively 9,698 people living in homeless accommodation across Ireland.
# sex trafficking
Children are being trafficked into Ireland by their own families for exploitation by the sex trade
The majority of the ringleaders of child trafficking into the EU are female according to Europol.
# Growing up in Ireland
One fifth of obese 13-year-olds in Ireland believe they are just the right weight
A new report published today noted similar findings among parents of obese children.