Criminalising teens in care must stop

A review of the crossover between young people in care and youth people in the justice system in the UK was published this week. Shockingly, it found that children in care are six times more likely than other young people to be cautioned or convicted of a crime. Lord Laming, who chaired the research, said police … Continue reading Criminalising teens in care must stop

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Poetry proves a powerful outlet for student

“A poem begins with a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness or a lovesickness. It’s a reaching out coward expression: an effort to find fulfilment. A complete poem is one where an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.” – Robert Frost Our very talented student Amber … Continue reading Poetry proves a powerful outlet for student

Young people need “one good adult” to realise rights

"When you are doing something you are passionate about you succeed..." This was one of Jillian Van Turnhout’s (pictured above) closing pieces of advice to the young people of the Cork Life Centre this afternoon during the final talk of what has been an important and insightful conference week. We have had the pleasure of … Continue reading Young people need “one good adult” to realise rights

Why are we still failing our young people?

It’s May. It’s Green Ribbon Month. The significance of the Green Ribbon is to get us talking about mental health, to start conversations. But do we know how to talk about it? What would we say? Do we have the words? And would anyone want to listen? We’ve been sporting our Green Ribbons this week at the Cork Life … Continue reading Why are we still failing our young people?

Emily Logan: Put simply, human rights means that each of us count

  What a day at Cork Life Centre meeting old friends and new! We opened our day by collecting Emily Logan, Chief Commissioner of the IHREC, along with many green ribbons at Kent Station. We had been keen to start conversations about mental health by getting involved in the campaign and luckily found the station … Continue reading Emily Logan: Put simply, human rights means that each of us count

“Bloom where you are planted,” Learning how to make a difference

  WHAT a wonderful start to our conference today with guest speakers Mary Crilly and Br Donal Blake (pictured above) - so much wisdom and experience to absorb in both cases. Today we heard about two diverse topics, the work of the Sexual Violence Centre, Cork, and the history of Edmund Rice. We are always … Continue reading “Bloom where you are planted,” Learning how to make a difference