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Statistics show that consistent childhood poverty is most pronounced among single-parent and Traveller families. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Using the upcoming budget to end child poverty, as Barnardos suggests, may be too big a creative leap for the Government. But it would cost a relative(...)

Fergus Finlay is set to retire after 13 years as chief executive of children’s charity, Bernardos Photograph: Sara Freund / The Irish Times

Ireland is no “Republic of opportunity” for tens of thousands of children trapped in poverty, the outgoing chief executive of children’s charity Barna(...)

Early education is theoretically “free” in this State, but parents have to pay for schoolbooks and materials, along with uniforms and footwear. Limited, special allowances are available to poorer families but “voluntary” school contributions and educational trips add to financial pressure. File photograph: Getty Images

Anything that makes education harder to access for families under financial pressure should receive urgent Government attention. Unfortunately, that h(...)

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy said the level of homelessness remained “a challenge”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The number of homeless people in the State fell slightly in March compared with the previous month. However, significantly more adults and children (...)

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(...)

Chief executive of Barnardos Fergus Finlay said people living in overcrowded situations were all too often missing from the debate about the housing crisis. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

The “devastating” scale of the State’s housing crisis has been exposed by new figures, charities in the homelessness sector said on Thursday. Focus(...)

Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, insisted the “Grace” case “does not reflect current foster care placements” which are “highly regulated”. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Tusla, the State agency responsible for foster care, has said staff members identified in two reports into alleged sexual and physical abuse suffered (...)

Chief executive Fergus Finlay said that Ireland is great at picking up the pieces while the better way to proceed would be preventative care.  Photograph: Alan Betson

The number of families helped by Barnardos increased by eight per cent last year compared to 2015, according to preliminary figures released by the ch(...)

The Courts Service plans to build a €40 million child and family court complex on a .45 hectare site at Hammond Lane, close to Church Street, to open in 2020.

Another generation “will have their futures decided while they stand in corridors” if a proposed rezoning of land is allowed to affect a new family c(...)

Social workers can  find it difficult to keep track of families that move repeatedly from one area to another.  File photograph: Getty Images

More social workers and more resources for social workers are needed to deal with child protection, the Irish Association of Social Workers (IASW) has(...)

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