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# Children's Rights Alliance

This year
Over 236,000 children in Ireland are living in poverty according to a new report
Ward attributed the number of children in poverty to government policies, adding that poverty “is not inevitable” and the result of “political decisions”.
Last year
Government awarded E grade over child homelessness and urged to take immediate action
In December 2021 there were 1,077 families experiencing homelessness and 2,451 homeless children.
All time
Many teenage Travellers not returning to school following pandemic closure challenges
Young Travellers found remote schoolwork extra challenging due to lack of access to digital and other resources during the pandemic.
Children's Rights Alliance: This government must do better when it comes to education
Saoirse Brady of the Children’s Rights Alliance says this difficult time could offer an opportunity to recalibrate the education system.
Opinion: All children should have equal access to creative and artistic learning
Cost is a key barrier to the participation of children and young people in creative, recreational activities, writes Saoirse Brady.
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.
Homeless children in education: 'She is very tired in school, exhausted, I would be too if I had to travel'
A new report by the Children’s Rights Alliance looks at the impact of homelessness on children’s education.
'Not a legacy to be proud of': Charities tell ministers how to pull 139,000 children out of poverty
Today, leading NGOs will outline measures they say could make a real different to the quality of life of children in this country.
Opinion: The government is beginning to recognise that the first five years of a child's life are the most crucial
Adults need to step away and put children back at the centre of childcare, writes Tanya Ward.
Here's what happened when seven politicians took questions from kids
Tough questions on the campaign trail.
One in three kids hospitalised with mental health issues treated in adult wards
The practice can be “very frightening” for young people, according to one expert.
The number of children living in poverty could fill Mayo
“In its last year in office, how will the Government respond to these children?”
'A wake up call': Where to now after the Logan Report?
The report into the removal of two Roma children from their families last year has been described as “shocking”.
Government fails Traveller, migrant children and those who are at risk of poverty
The Children’s Rights Alliance gave the government an overall ‘C’ grade in this year’s report card.
Three-quarters of Irish people don't believe slapping children works
Two children’s rights groups want the practice outlawed.
Ireland 'must ratify' protocols to UN convention on child protection
The Children’s Rights Alliance says Ireland has only signed up to one of three optional protocols to the UN convention.
Can we end EU child poverty? Experts to discuss taking action
Atwo-day Dublin event is organised by a number of international organisations and is the only EU Presidency event focused on children.
Van Turnhout in discussions with Fine Gael over filling Mitchell's MEP seat has learned that the senator is in discussions over the possibility of joining Fine Gael and running for the seat being vacated by Gay Mitchell next year.
Column: Children need a change from the old HSE way of thinking
The new Child and Family Support Agency will be one of the largest public bodies in the State – and it’s going to require a major cultural shift, writes Paul Gilligan.
Column: We've passed the children's referendum, but there's more to do
The sexual abuse scandals in Australia’s Catholic Church and the BBC show that there is still work to do beyond the contitutional change passed earlier this month, says the Children’s Rights Alliance.
Column: EastEnders plot has no bearing on Children’s Referendum
The dramatic storyline has not gone unnoticed but it should not permeate people’s opinions, writes Tanya Ward.
Irish children have been trafficked for 'criminal' purposes - report
A new report by researchers at UCC found that a significant number of children who applied for asylum in Ireland disappeared – and may have been trafficked.
Opposition, lobby groups come out against means-tested Child Benefit
Political groups, charities and other groups are all opposed to the IMF’s proposal for a means-tested system.
'One good adult' scheme launched for child asylum seekers
The scheme will provide young asylum seekers with a mentor to help them integrate into Irish society.
Column: Ireland needs an international safeguard for our children
We need to draw a line under our tragic history of child abuse – and a new international standard is the perfect opportunity, writes Tanya Ward of the Children’s Rights Alliance.
Children's rights referendum will be held this year - Government
Minister Frances Fitzgerald said wording for the referendum is currently being drawn up.
Government given 'C+' grade for children's rights
The Children’s Rights Alliance gave the government the highest grade since its ‘report card’ series was introduced in 2007.
Government criticised for shelving plans for new youth detention centre
Alan Shatter has shelved plans for a new detention centre near Lusk, but has been attacked from many sides for doing so.
Fears mount over Budget cut to child benefit
Labour’s Jan O’Sullivan has admitted that child benefit could be subject to cuts, despite warnings it could “push families into poverty”.
Senator says requests for Norris support 'feel like harassment'
Jillian van Turnhout says some people asking her to nominate David Norris for the Presidency “have been abusive”.
'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.