Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone: Challenge. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Tusla, the Child and Family Agency says it cannot “be precise” on how mandatory reporting of child abuse concerns, which comes into force on December (...)

 Claudia Marshall, head of Ikea in Dublin. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Listen up, because here follows an irrefutable life hack. If you want to test the true strength of your marriage/relationship/friendship with someone,(...)

Caroline O’Sullivan (centre), chief executive of the ISPCC. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

More than 1,000 children a day phoned Childline looking for help last year and three-quarters made the call outside office hours, the Irish Society fo(...)

Child protection: Minister for Children Katherine Zappone. Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone is to meet the special rapporteur on child protection, Dr Geoffrey Shannon, in the next week to discuss what c(...)

Managing children’s internet access: CyberSafeIreland chief executive Alex Cooney said,  “The answer lies in education, not prohibition.” Photograph: iStock

Proposed measures to fine parents and retailers if they allow children unrestricted access to the internet are unworkable, organisations and online s(...)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has signed aspects of the new Sexual Offences Bill into law. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

New laws criminalising the purchase of sex and introducing new offences relating to the sexual exploitation of children will take effect from Monday. (...)

Many schools have either not implemented sex education classes, or have poorly developed policies around it. Photograph: iStock

Sophie was sexually abused by her stepfather from a young age. And yet, right through her childhood and into her teens, talking about sex was utterly (...)

Grainia Long: “I have long suspected that our a child protection system has one hand tied behind its back.”

Some time ago, a child with a broken arm called to an ISPCC office on a Friday evening. This particular office is not a drop-in centre, but our profes(...)

There is an expectation that a young person in a relationship will take photographs of themselves and send it to their partner, the IPSCC has   told the Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs. Photograph: Getty

Sexting is now the norm rather than the exception among young people, an Oireachtas committee has been told. Caroline O’Sullivan, director of servic(...)

“I’ve had to dig deep to have understanding for perpetrators. But the Phoenix programme is about a systemic approach to preventing child sex abuse.” Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Most people who sexually abuse a child will never see the inside of a Garda interviewing room, let alone a jail cell. Only 4 per cent of allegations(...)