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“We know the parent-child relationship is the biggest factor in facilitating positive emotional development in children,” says Fergus Finlay of Barnardos. Photograph: Kane Skennar/Getty

Almost half of parents find spending enough time with their children their “biggest challenge”, with almost all saying they feel “overwhelmed at times(...)

The Internet Service Providers’ Association of Ireland wants legislation to prevent ISPs being exposed to liability for mistakenly blocking legal websites.

A Garda initiative to block online child sex abuse material has received the co-operation of just one internet service provider (ISP) since it was lau(...)

Fergus Finlay, chief executive of Barnardos, with Claire Cahill at the launch of the new Lost Children Campaign. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Barnardos children’s charity has launched a campaign aimed at the children in Ireland it claims are lost to homelessness, poverty or neglect. It say(...)

Chief executive of Barnardos Fergus Finlay: Too many children were  “automatically granted, on the day of their birth, the right to stand in queues for services that never came”.  Photograph: Dave Meehan

Ireland’s rate of child homelessness, which has risen by 287 per cent in three years, is unmatched anywhere in Europe, the Irish Society for the Preve(...)

Providing the poorest children in the State with an additional €3 a week would have cost about €62.4 million. This Fine Gael Government made a choice about how much the poorest children would get.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Finally, the weekly welfare payment to the poorest children in the State is being increased. After an eight-year “freeze”, the Child Dependant Allowan(...)

There were 2,520 children and young people on waiting lists for an initial assessment for mental health services in February 2017, an increase of 44 per cent on the same period last year, according to the HSE. Photograph: Istock

There were 2,520 children and young people on waiting lists for an initial assessment for mental health services in February 2017, an increase of 44 p(...)

Due to continuous misinformation, some parents are convinced that autism in an acquired disease

For as long as people have fallen ill, there are those who hawk dubious elixirs bereft of efficacy. In the late 1800s, Clark Stanley amassed a fortune(...)

Children’s Rights Alliance chief executive Tanya Ward said Ireland was still lagging behind the European average of 19 months’ paid parental leave, despite the recent introduction of two weeks’ paternity leave on top of existing maternity entitlements. File photograph: iStockPhoto

A long-awaited State strategy to deal with issues such as childcare subsidies, pre-schooling and parental leave will be delivered within months, a Fin(...)

Minister for Education Richard Bruton. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The head of children’s charity Barnardos has blamed poor management of the education budget for the cost of primary education, which could be made fre(...)

 Minister for Education Richard Bruton: Proposed reforms to primary schools are based loosely on some of the features of top-performing education systems in countries such as Finland, as well as new research on how children learn. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Children at primary schools would not study traditional subjects until as late as 10 years of age, under proposals being considered by policymakers. (...)

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