Tanya Ward

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Free meals for children are a recognised, targeted intervention to tackle child poverty. File photograph: Getty

A pilot to provide free school meals for children in early learning centres will be announced by Minister for Children Katherine Zappone on Thursday. (...)

Tanya Ward, chief executive of the Children’s Rights Alliance, said Ireland needs to provide “a safe haven to a bigger group of refugee children”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Refugee children who have fled Syria experience considerable challenges after they reach Ireland and need greater support from schools, youth services(...)

Children are often used as pawns by parents fighting over maintenance payments. Photograph: iStock

When father-of-two David moved out of the family home, he agreed with his ex-wife to pay half the bills and the shopping for their young children. But(...)

Suzanne Connolly of Barnardos said: ‘The Government can use Budget 2020 to make a start by making school books free for every child in primary school.’ Photograph: iStock

Government must ensure all children receive a hot meal a day, free school books at primary level and the opportunity to have a hobby, according to the(...)

 Hyde & Seek creche on Shaw Street in Dublin. Many parents are going to be extremely concerned when they see the footage, but it is important they are aware most creches operate to a high standard, Dr Moloney said. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

An apparent lack of staff training at the Hyde & Seek chain of creches combined with poor safety procedures is a “recipe for disaster”, according (...)

Ombudsman for Children Niall Muldoon says there does not appear to be clear timelines in place for bringing an end to the practices of emergency and self-accomodation.

Some family hubs are merely “glorified hotels” with additional washing and cooking facilities, the Ombudsman for Children, Dr Niall Muldoon has said (...)

Children’s Rights Alliance  chief executive Tanya Ward said it was time for children’s rights to be delivered on a European level. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

More than 300 European and local election candidates have signed up to the No Child 2020 campaign on child poverty. The campaign is run by the Childr(...)

Hiqa, which carried out the assessment, said ‘drift and delay’ was identified in the completion of preliminary enquiries of between two and 11 months from the date of initial referral.

A review of Tusla child protection services in the Carlow, Kilkenny and South Tipperary area has found not all allegations of suspected abuse were not(...)

Katherine Zappone and Tanya Ward with, from left, Mary Lou McDonald, Brendan Howlin, Dara Calleary, Regina Doherty, Eamon Ryan, Róisín Shortall and Richard Boyd Barrett. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A three-year plan to eradicate consistent poverty among children, led by the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, is necessary if the issue is to be taken seriousl(...)

Some 2,250 children are waiting for specialist mental health treatment, according to the Children’s Rights Alliance. Photograph: iStock

More than 7,000 children with mental health concerns are on waiting lists for community and psychology supports, according to latest figures. These s(...)

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