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# Ombudsman For Children

Last year
Children's Ombudsman warns of pandemic knock-on impacts as complaints surge almost 80%
Over half of the complaints in 2021 related to education.
All time
Government has 'lost its way' on child poverty, says Ombudsman for Children
Ireland is one of just five other EU countries that has had above average numbers of children at risk of poverty for ten consecutive years.
Ombudsman for Children criticises Government and declares 2020 a 'devastating year' for young people
The OCO said most complaints were centred around education in 2020 and particularly associated with the Leaving Certificate.
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.
84 complaints from Direct Provision residents so far this year
Direct Provision centres are temporary accommodation facilities for people who come to Ireland and present as asylum seekers.
Ombudsman receives 97 complaints from Direct Provision residents
The Ombudsman’s office began accepting complaints from people in Direct Provision last April.
Mother and children placed in hotel with 'bloodstained mattresses' after fleeing domestic violence
The woman and her children were left without a stable home for almost two years.
'We need consistency': Long delays by Tusla in dealing with abuse allegations, report says
The Ombudsman was critical of Tusla’s procedures for dealing with abuse allegations.
'Sarah is 7 and has hydrocephalus. Her homeless family spent nights sleeping in their car'
There are thousands of very vulnerable children living in Ireland today, writes Dr Niall Muldoon.
Child with an intellectual disability placed in hospital for three months
The Ombudsman for Children is concerned that this is a children’s rights issue and plan to pursue the issue in 2017.
Severely disabled child denied education for 10 months after allegations of abuse at school
A new report from the Ombudsman for Children says education must be adaptable to the individual needs of children
97 people wanted to be the new Ombudsman for Children, but this man got the job
Dr Niall Muldoon has been working in child protection for 20 years.
Children are to help choose the next Ombudsman for Children
They will be involved the developing the job spec and the selection process.
Number of complaints made to the Ombudsman for Children up 16%
Child protection continues to be a problem in Ireland said Emily Logan.
Keeping children in Direct Provision for 10 years is not right, says Logan
The issue of direct provision is “unresolved” for the Ombudsman for Children.
Children's Ombudsman given powers to investigate gardaí as well as HSE
It follows the removal of two children, aged seven and two, from their parents in Dublin and Athlone on Monday and Tuesday of this week after authorities were informed that they were not their children.
Ombudsman for Children to investigate Roma child incidents
The Ombudsman was contacted by the Minister for Justice on the issue today.
Minister for Justice: All teenagers to be removed from St Patrick's by 2014
The Inspector of Prisons has reported incidents of forced stripping of prisoners, excessive punishment, and bullying and intimidation of young and vulnerable inmates by staff at the facility.
Complaints to Children's Ombudsman rose by over 20 per cent last year
The Ombudsman for Children Emily Logan said that her office was highlighting cases which were likely to lead to systemic change.
"Not a dumping ground": Pregnant girl turned away from school
The girl was turned away from the Catholic school in Munster on two occasions – once when she was pregnant and again after she had given birth.
Ombudsman: shift attention from ‘third party abuser’ to put children first
The Ombudsman for Children says the focus of the debate needs to move to abuse which takes place within the home.
11-year-old student driven home to use the bathroom due to lack of SNAs
The primary school student at St Munchin’s CBS in Limerick, who is in a wheelchair, has had to have his mother attend the school to help bring him to the bathroom during the school day.
Ombudsman: Children left in 'legal uncertainty' without legislation on surrogacy
Emily Logan said that the Dept of Justice guidelines don’t go far enough to clear up legal uncertainties for parents and children.
Children's Ombudsman sees increased complaints for 2010
The Ombudsman for Children’s annual report will today publish an annual report showing a 34 per cent increase in cases.
Constutional change for rights of the child urgent
The Ombudsman for Children has demanded a referendum on the rights of the child.