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(...)

According to a recent Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children report, children as young as five are being allowed unlimited unsupervised access to the internet – with many viewing violent or pornographic material

If the internet was an actual place there isn’t a parent in the world who would let their children near it. It is dangerous and disturbing and flooded(...)

Zeeko presenter Ursula Frawley works with children at St Pius X Girls’ National School in Terenure, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Almost nine out of 10 primary school children use mobile devices – smart phones, tablets or iPods – to access the internet, according to a new digital(...)

ISPCC chief executive  Grainia Long. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children said its Childline service received 1, 040 contacts from children across Ireland on Christ(...)

In November, 142 people were reported to be sleeping rough in Dublin  bringing the total number of adults unable to access an emergency bed to 219. Photograph: Alan Betson /The Irish Times

A new social housing programme in Limerick run by the Peter McVerry Trust will begin today with five housing units set to open before Christmas follow(...)

The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children’s (ISPCC) said young people often looked at inappropriate material online.

Children in Ireland as young as five-years-old have unlimited and unsupervised access to the internet, a children’s charity has reported. The Irish (...)

Yellow is promoted as an app “to make amazing new friends”. Photograph: Thinkstock Images

A new “friendship” app, which has become increasingly popular with Irish teenagers in recent months, is being used to exchange sexually explicit photo(...)

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