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Wednesday 1 February 2023 Dublin: 7°C

# ISPCC

Last year
2022
# callout
'To hear a child say they feel listened to is powerful': What it's like being a Childline volunteer
The service, run by the ISPCC, is looking for new volunteers.
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# Childline
Childline contacted over 1,000 times between Christmas Eve and St Stephen's Day
Family conflict, mental health and self-harm were among the issues that young callers wished to discuss.
# Mental Health
Warning of ‘tsunami’ of mental health issues among children due to pandemic
The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children said children will continue to face ‘acute’ mental health challenges related to Covid.
# Childline
Childline contacts surge to over 70,000 during three months of Covid-19 restrictions
The number of contacts to Childline.ie doubled compared to the same period in 2019.
# Childline
Nearly 800 children contacted Childline on Christmas Day
Volunteers with the charity answered 793 calls, online contacts and texts from children yesterday.
# Childline
'Tension, fraught relationships, alcohol': Childline contacted 1,200 times on Christmas Day
The number represents a 25% increase on last year’s contacts.
Voices
'Childhood is short and we are robbing it from thousands of children'
Accepting, without ambition to change, the numbers now living in emergency accommodation is fatal to tackling the problem, writes Cliodhna O’Neill of the ISPCC.
# Abuse
Childline answered 381,000 calls, texts and online messages from children last year
72% of phone calls answered by the charity came from males.
# Child Protection
Children's rights groups angry at Dáil vote setting digital age of consent at 16 (they wanted it to be 13)
The government had put forward a proposal to set the digital age of consent at 13.
# Storm Emma
Childline closes its services again as weather conditions begin to deteriorate further
The government has urged everyone across the country to be at home from 4pm today.
# ISPCC
Childline received over 1,000 calls and messages from children on Christmas Day
Some got in touch because they were worried about abuse while others simply needed company.
# national level
6 months on from damning report, State finally taking concerns on child protection seriously says charity
Geoffrey Shannon published a damning audit of the approach from gardaí and Tusla to child protection concerns earlier this year.
# Childline
ISPCC withdraws 'Headbomz' campaign ad from cinemas following worries it could upset children
The charity said it had consulted with over 150 children while developing the campaign.
# tusla
'Children are treated like human trash': The systematic failings in Ireland's child protection system
A report published today found serious issues with inter-agency cooperation when dealing with vulnerable children taken from their parents.
# reach out
'Courage must lead to convictions': New garda phoneline set up for victims of child sex abuse
Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan said the courage of those who report the crime must be rewarded.
# what do you think
Poll: At what age should children get a smartphone?
The ISPCC said they had a case of a nine-year-old sending nude pictures of herself to her classmates.
# Sexualisation of children
Children 'are accessing porn at sleepovers' and viewing explicit content on phones
Exposure to sexual imagery and language at a young age can lead to mental health problems.
# Kids Talk
Here's what happened when seven politicians took questions from kids
Tough questions on the campaign trail.
# Abuse
Childline received over 1,000 calls and messages from children on Christmas Day
Some got in touch because they were worried about alcohol abuse while others simply needed company.
Voices
Young girls are being told who to talk to and where to go by their boyfriends
Domestic violence can happen to anyone- regardless of their age, writes Alex O’Keefe.
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
'Religion class is one of the only places where students can express themselves'
It’s up to teachers to be as vigilant as possible when it comes to bullying, writes secondary teacher, Tia Duffy.
# threat lifted
Some good news for a change: A funding deal means Childline can stay open 24-hours
The service had warned it would have to close during nighttime hours, unless essential funding could be raised.
# maybe this christmas
Síle Seoige's Christmas charity single is beating Taylor Swift on iTunes
Kind of. Shake THAT off, Taylor.
# Sligo
Pony rescued after being found in 'excruciating pain' with head collar embedded in his face
The ISPCA wants to hear from anybody who has any information about the pony.
# Support
Could you be the first point of contact for a child who wants to talk?
The ISPCC is looking for volunteers for its Childline service.
# Every Little Helps
'I take one less slice of bread for lunch' - how Irish children deal with recession
Last week Childline said its service deals not just with abuse children, but with children who are worried about the recession and how it’s impacted on their families.
Voices
Opinion: Childline is at breaking point – who else will listen to vulnerable children?
Childline should be expanding. Instead we’re faced with the awful possibility that a child calling in desperation might have no one to answer their call.
# Childline
'We've told children we're here for them 24/7 - if charity crisis continues we won't be'
Ahead of the charity’s AGM in Dublin today, the ISPCC said it is now at breaking point and could be forced to close Childline at night – when children need them most.
# Funding
Childline is at "breaking point" as donations continue to plummet
Some volunteers say they have been abused when fundraising by members of the public.
# Missing
'It doesn't matter if it's the first or fifth time they've run away - it's not safe for the child'
Tomorrow is International Missing Children’s Day and the ISPCC said most of the 30,000 missing child cases in the last six years have been runaways.
# wilful neglect
ISPCC: Four-year sentence for mother reminder that child abuse occurs nationwide
The mother pleaded guilty to wilful neglect of her three children.
# Mental Health
Children can recover from sex abuse - but not if they've to wait 6 months for therapy
Children’s charities have been critical of the lack of access to services for children who have been sexually abused, as the HSE does not have the specialist staff to treat them.
# Discipline
Three-quarters of Irish people don't believe slapping children works
Two children’s rights groups want the practice outlawed.
# Tobacco
Plain cigarette packaging should be introduced 'as soon as possible'
A coalition of health groups are meeting this morning to urge that upcoming legislation be enacted.
# Neglect
If you see children begging on the street, the ISPCC want you to report it
The society’s Leanbh service wants members of the public to contact their out of hours service or gardaí if they see children begging.
# Child Safety
Distressing short film imagines fate of missing child
ISPCC has released the fictional short to highlight awareness of its Missing Children’s Hotline.
# no nudes
It's now illegal to post nude pics online of your ex... in California
No more “revenge” porn for embittered exes.
# Athlone
ISPCC publishes tips on keeping children safe
The charity has published advice for parents in light of the alleged attack in Athlone. It urges parents to teach basic rules to children from the age of two.
# Your Say
Poll: Should Ireland follow the UK's lead in blocking online porn?
Internet providers in the UK will have to automatically block access to porn to protect children.