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Second Report of the Special Rapporteur on Child ProtectionAdobe PDF format document

In June 2006, the Government appointed Professor Finbarr McAuley and Mr Geoffrey Shannon as Special Rapporteurs on Child Protection. The Rapporteurs are independent legal experts whose functions are to keep under review and to audit legal developments for the protection of children; assess what impact, if any, litigation in national and international courts will have on child protection and to prepare, annually, a report to be submitted to the Oireachtas, setting out the results of the previous year's work. This is the second report of Mr Geoffrey Shannon and was submitted to the Oireachtas for consideration in December 2008. The views expressed in the report are those of the author.
Published in December 2008
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State of the Nation's Children Ireland 2008 - SummaryAdobe PDF format document

The 'State of the Nation's Children: Ireland 2008'- Summary. Second in a biennial series of reports prepared by OMCYA in association with Central Statistics Office and the Health Promotion Research Centre of the National University of Ireland, Galway. Report provides a compendium of key indicators of children's well-being. (1st SONC was published in 2006).
Published in December 2008
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State of the Nation's Children Ireland 2008Adobe PDF format document

The "State of the Nation's Children: Ireland 2008". Second in a biennial series of reports prepared by OMCYA in association with Central Statistics Office and the Health Promotion Research Centre of the National University of Ireland, Galway. Report provides a compendium of key indicators of children's well-being. (1st SONC was published in 2006)
Published in December 2008
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Young People on RemandAdobe PDF format document

The Study is based on 30 interviews with young people, aged 13-19 years, in the Children Detention School system or St. Patrick's Institution, 19 interviews with parents and professionals, 218 case observations at the Dublin Children Court and a consultation survey with 120 professionals. The study aims to inform policy and practice regarding the development of services and supports for children on remand in Ireland.
Published in November 2008
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Young People on Remand Briefing Note No. 5Adobe PDF format document

Published in November 2008
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Oifig an Aire Do Leanaí Tuarascáil Bhliantúil 2007Adobe PDF format document

Annual Report of the Office of the Minister for Children 2007 (Irish)
Published in October 2008
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Office of the Minister for Children Annual Report 2007Adobe PDF format document

Annual Report of the Office of the Minister for Children 2007
Published in October 2008
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Treoirlínte Náisiúnta d'fheighlithe Leanaí - Eagrán Athbhreithnithe: Meán Fómhair 2008Adobe PDF format document

National Guidelines for Childminders - Revised August 2008 (Irish)
Published in August 2008
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National Guidelines for Childminders - Revised August 2008Adobe PDF format document

National Guidelines for Childminders - Revised August 2008
Published in August 2008
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Analysis of submissions to the national review of compliance with Children First: National Guidelines for the Protection and Welfare of ChildrenAdobe PDF format document

As part of a broader review of the Children First Child Protection Guidelines, interested parties were invited to make a submission on the implementation of the guidelines. Over 130 responses were received, from service providers, service users and others. The responses were analysed by the OMCYA on a structured basis, and the results have been published. The findings suggest that while the guidelines themselves present a good framework for the protection of children, there are a small number of areas that need to be reviewed. Key difficulties were identified arising from a lack of consistency, an absence of a comprehensive local, regional or national structure to plan, monitor and evaluate the child protection services and from a lack of availability of key services and supports.
Published in July 2008
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National Review of Compliance with Children First: National Guidelines for the Protection and Welfare of Children Adobe PDF format document

In response to the publication of the Ferns Report, the then Minister for Children, Mr Brian Lenihan, T.D., announced a national review of compliance with the 'Children First' guidelines by State bodies and NGOs, to be carried out by the OMCYA in partnership with all relevant Government Departments. A key finding of the review of the Children First guidelines is that, in general, difficulties and variations in relation to implementation of the guidelines arise as a result of local variation and infrastructural issues, rather than from fundamental difficulties with the guidelines themselves.
Published in July 2008
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Service users' perceptions of the Irish Child Protection SystemAdobe PDF format document

This research examined the experiences of service users of the child protection services. Child and young service users were interviewed as part of the study.
Published in July 2008
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Service Users Perceptions of Irish Child Protection Services Briefing Note No. 18Adobe PDF format document

Published in July 2008
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Dáil na nÓg Delegate Report 2008Adobe PDF format document

Dáil na nÓg (Youth Parliament) 2008 was held in Croke Park Conference Centre on 15 February 2008. This report provides details of discussions that took place at the seventh Dáil na nÓg. Two major themes were discussed; 'Education reform' and 'Emotional and mental health for young people'. Dáil na nÓg gives young people the opportunity to represent the views, at national level, of those under the voting age of 18.
Published in July 2008
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Report of the Forum on Prevention and Early Intervention for Children and YouthAdobe PDF format document

Forum on Prevention and Early Intervention for Children and Youth hosted by Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs and The Atlantic Philanthropies 27-28th May 2008 Croke Park, Dublin
Published in May 2008
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Teenagers Views on Solutions to Alcohol Misuse: Report on a National ConsultationAdobe PDF format document

In February 2007, the Irish Government announced a series of consultation workshops with teenagers, to seek their views on the solutions to addressing alcohol misuse by young people, in recognition of the serious problem of under-age alcohol consumption in Ireland. It was the view of the Minister that teenagers must become part of the solution in addressing this issue. This report outlines the views of the 257 teenagers, aged 12-18 years, who took part in consultations organised by the Office of the Minister for Children in five locations around the country during October 2007. The views contained in the report are those of the teenage participants.
Published in April 2008
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National Youth Justice Strategy 2008 - 2010Adobe PDF format document

The National Youth Justice Strategy was launched in Farmleigh on 27 March 2008. The Strategy covers the 3 year period from 2008 to 2010 and focuses on children who have already had some contact with the criminal justice system. The aim of the Strategy is to provide a partnership approach among agencies working in the youth justice system.
Published in March 2008
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Kidscreen: A Study on the Quality of Life Tool KIDSCREEN for children and adolescents in Ireland: Results of the KIDSCREEN National Survey 2005Adobe PDF format document

KIDSCREEN measures subjective health and well-being of children, to screen for and detect at an early stage the needs and gaps in services/resources. KIDSCREEN provides an evidence base to support policy, intervention and national planning for children. A national sample of 1800 children was drawn form the 8-18 year age group and the questionnaire was administered in schools nationwide.
Published in February 2008
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KIDSCREEN Briefing Note No. 13Adobe PDF format document

Published in February 2008
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