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# Children's Rights

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# Children's Rights
'Standalone' referendum on children's rights to be held this autumn - Gilmore
The Tánaiste says the government is keen to run the Children’s Rights referendum as soon as wording can be agreed.
# Child Deaths
Report on deaths of children in State care shows 'systemic failure'
The report by the Independent Review Group set up to examine the deaths of nearly 200 children in care and young adults known to child protection services will be published this week.
# Child Labour
Factory raids highlight India's illegal child labour
Dozens of migrant children were found illegally working in New Delhi despite child protection laws.
# Monster of Riga
'Monster of Riga' paedophile jailed for abuses
Dutch paedophile was convicted of abusing more than 60 young children.
Voices
Column: Sinéad O'Connor - Ireland's children live in a caste system
The singer has been horrified by a report on the state of a building which houses counselling services for teenagers – and argues that it is indicative of how some children are being ignored by the State.
Voices
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.
Voices
Column: 'The HSE think they're too big to fight, but I won't be silenced'
Jack and Jill’s CEO Jonathan Irwin says he won’t go away until the domiciliary care allowance crisis is sorted out.
# Abductions
Minister for Justice releases figures on child abductions during 2011
Releasing the figures on parental-child abduction, Alan Shatter urged estranged partners experiencing problems to seek mediation in the best interests of the children involved.
# Children
Minister insists children’s rights referendum will take place this year
Frances Fitzgerald also welcomed yesterday’s publication by the Catholic Church of the report of the Apostolic Visitation to Ireland.
# Kony 2012
'Exhaustion and dehydration' behind Kony 2012 campaigner's hospitalisation
Jason Russell’s wife says that he “did some irrational things brought on by extreme exhaustion and dehydration”.
# Daily Fix
The Daily Fix: Thursday
Your evening round-up of the day’s biggest news stories, plus the bits you may have missed…
# The Law
26 bills - but no referendums - on government's list of Spring bills
The government’s draft agenda for the Dáil’s spring term includes 26 bills to be published, and another 25 currently in draft.
# Smacking
Total ban on smacking children under consideration by Government
Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald has said an outright prohibition of all corporal punishment is an option.
# Children's Rights
Children's rights referendum for next year welcomed
The Minister for Children has said that the government is planning to hold the much-delayed referendum in 2012.
Voices
Column: Are Irish children safe now? I don't believe so
Maeve Lewis of abuse survivors’ support group One in Four says new childhood protection legislation is welcome – but of little use without support services to back it up.
# Budget 2012
Two senators nominated by Enda Kenny critical of Budget 2012
Katherine Zappone has questioned ‘external pressure’ on the Government’s choice of cuts while Jillian van Turnhout says it was not a child-friendly document.
# The Netherlands
Dutch Catholic institute to review child deaths
The deaths of 40 children at the home in the early 1950s are not being treated as suspicious, according to Dutch prosecutors.
# Referendum
Children's referendum not likely until next year, says minister
Children’s minister Frances Fitzgerald says the draft text should be ready by autumn, but a referendum won’t be.
# Adoption
Agency to help Irish people looking to adopt abroad
Arc Adoption is the first mediation agency to be approved under the Hague Convention. It’s hoped that adoptions from Vietnam will resume soon, after they were suspended in early 2010.
# Childline
Childline received 2,300 calls a day last year
The service for children and young people says a referendum on children’s rights is essential. It’s calling an increase of 20,000 calls in 2010 ‘startling’.
# UNICEF
Liam Neeson becomes first Irish goodwill ambassador for Unicef
Actor joins elite tier of global ambassadors, alongside his mother-in-law Vanessa Redgrave.
# Children's Rights
Children’s right referendum likely to be delayed
The Taoiseach has indicated that the referendum on the rights of the child will take some time.
# Children's Rights
Call for date of children's rights referendum to be set
TD Mary O’Rourke says that the referendum ought to take place early in 2011, and appealed to the government to release wording ahead of any vote.
# Children's Rights
200 more child care workers to be employed by state
The state has recruited an extra 133 child care social workers so far.
# Child Abuse
Bethany survivors demand inclusion in redress scheme
Survivors of the Protestant-run Bethany home demand to be acknowledged in the same manner as Catholic abuse victims.
# Children's Rights
Constutional change for rights of the child urgent
The Ombudsman for Children has demanded a referendum on the rights of the child.