‘Their stories offer compelling insights into the negative impact gaps in services and system-oriented practices have on the lives of children and their families’. Photograph: Getty Images

As Ombudsman for Children I often return to the question posed by Eleanor Roosevelt, at an event at the UN in New York, during the 10th anniversary of(...)

The UN watchdog for children’s rights said the Holy See should hand over its archives on sexual abuse so that culprits, as well as “those who concealed their crimes”, could be held accountable.  Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

The Holy See’s handling of the clerical sex abuse crisis that has rocked the Catholic Church for much of the last 20 years has come in for unprecedent(...)

A spokeswoman for Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald said the issue of the State signing the new protocol was under discussion

Children whose rights have been violated will be able to complain directly to a key UN committee if the Government moves to ratify a new legal instrum(...)