The Government ’s decision to close all schools  is “unconstitutional”, according to legal opinion obtained by children’s rights campaigners. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

The Government ’s decision to close all schools and the continued lack of education for some groups of children is “unconstitutional”, according to le(...)

 Barnardos chief executive Suzanne Connolly said many of the families the charity supports face a lot of challenges. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Children’s charity Barnardos expects more than 50 per cent more families to need food support for their children in the coming months as the Covid-19 (...)

The first day of “big school” will be like no other for those starting on Monday. That was the case not only for the 22 junior infants who on Fri(...)

Three out of five children and young people (60 per cent) said they are worried about Covid-19 when they think of returning to school. Photograph: iStock

More than a fifth of parents with children in post-primary schools said they would prefer if their child was not returning to school in order to reduc(...)

Training amongst medical staff in identifying signs of child abuse ‘has been stepped up in the past month’

Irish doctors are concerned that children in families under increased stress due to Covid-19 are at risk of abuse, a consultant in paediatric emergenc(...)

Social distancing is bewildering, unnatural and distressing for young children, and communicates the idea that other people are a threat and to be feared.

Life or death has been the chief focus of State and society as we froze for more than two months, watching and counting in sorrow Covid-19’s ravaging (...)

At this time, the issues potentially facing all families are the same, but the level it affects them depends on their circumstances

The metaphorical village it takes to raise a child has been boarded up during this phase of the Covid-19 pandemic. Those normal interactions with teac(...)

Norah Gibbons was driven by a “profound sense of social justice and empathy”, President Michael D Higgins said.

President Michael D Higgins has led tribute to children’s rights advocate Norah Gibbons, who has died. Ms Gibbons, who was a qualified social worker,(...)

Ciara O’Donnell, national director of the Professional Development Service for Teachers, at an event to mark Safer Internet Day. Also pictured are students Ciarán Mulvey, Ava Murphy, Fiona Clune, Ellen Murphy and  Ben Farrelly. Photograph: Andres Poveda

Young people need to develop digital literacy skills in order to navigate their way safely online in a post-truth world. That was the warning at the (...)

ISPCC: ‘imperative’ that an office of digital safety commissioner be established

Youth information website SpunOut.ie said it has received “a number of reports of sextortion” from young people in the last five months. Sextortion i(...)

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