Christmas dinner was a great success…

Some snaps from our wonderful Christmas dinner last week. Thanks to all who made it possible.

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School puts UNCRC at heart of ethos and culture

A school in the UK has put the UN Convention on the Right of the Child (UNCRC) at the heart of a its practice to improve well-being and help all children and young people realise their potential. This is something our schools here in Ireland could really learn from. A spokesman for the school said: “By … Continue reading School puts UNCRC at heart of ethos and culture

“What happened to this child?”

'Systems work best when individuals stop asking “What’s wrong with this child?” and start asking “What happened to this child?”'  That's the message from U.S. recent research on the need for a holistic response to young people's complex needs -one we wholeheartedly agree with. Too often, the behavioural health needs of youth go unidentified and unaddressed, … Continue reading “What happened to this child?”

Children in care must be educated, just like every other child #childrenincare

Children in care are particularly vulnerable, especially those who are in residential care. It was quite shocking to read this week in the Irish Examiner that a primary-aged school child in residential care has not been in education since February and that she is risk of being “institutionalised.” As outlined in the report, the child … Continue reading Children in care must be educated, just like every other child #childrenincare

Human Rights Council 30th Session

Tomorrow the Human Rights Council session takes place. During this process the report on Ireland’s recent UPR will be adopted. We made a submission to this process through Edmund Rice International with the support of Br Brian Bond.  During the session NGOs have the opportunity to take the floor and deliver a 2 min statement. Through … Continue reading Human Rights Council 30th Session

Volunteers needed – come and be part of our team!

Last year we had more than 60 volunteers give their time to work with us, but we need new blood all the time to keep our services alive.  While we still await proper and secure funding from the Department of Education and Skills we at the centre continue to commit to offering opportunities to young … Continue reading Volunteers needed – come and be part of our team!

New laws in U.S. will assist children in care who cross into justice system

Exciting news from the U.S., where a bill, the Childhood Outcomes Need New Efficient Community Teams (CONNECT) Act will authorize grants for collecting data on and developing policies to help so-called "dual status youth". Dual status youth or "crossover cases" refer to young people who are involved with both the welfare and justice systems. “We need more information … Continue reading New laws in U.S. will assist children in care who cross into justice system

Dearth of data and information about youth in the juvenile justice system

It's interesting how stories about child protection and youth justice from different parts of the world often mirror what's happening here in Ireland. A story from the U.S. this week reports on the dearth of data and information about youth in the juvenile justice system. The report is called Denied Existence  and calls on the authorities to implement a … Continue reading Dearth of data and information about youth in the juvenile justice system

Scourge of domestic violence puts children at risk

  A story in the UK media caught our eye this week: A rising number of children are being taken into care to protect them from domestic violence by teenage and other young adult parents, research by a London charity shows today. The Family Rights Group, which helps families involved with the care system, said … Continue reading Scourge of domestic violence puts children at risk

Animal therapy for teens making a difference

Worrying story from the UK today on child protection. A report found that too many vulnerable children face “clear and present risk of harm” because of serious failings in council child protection department.  The child protection system is permeated by “widespread levels of mediocre provision”, the report said. “Too many children are not receiving the services they … Continue reading Animal therapy for teens making a difference