It’s many parents’ greatest fear – that their child could be whipped away by a stranger with bad intentions. Growing up, many of us were told “don’t (...)

Dr  Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children: he said the new  National Taskforce on Youth Mental Health “has the potential to drive real change in an area where it is very much needed”.

The Ombudsman for Children has said the new National Taskforce on Youth Mental Health will need to ensure it delivers specific actions that will “make(...)

Social Democrats TD Stephen Donnelly  claimed that vulture funds “are about to pull off the largest avoidance of tax on Irish profits in the history of the State”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Irish charities are being used by vulture funds to avoid paying tax in the State, the Dáil has heard. Social Democrats TD Stephen Donnelly claimed t(...)

 Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone speaking to frontline homeless agencies to discuss measures to assist homeless children. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has said she would like to halve the number of children who are homeless within her first year in Government.(...)

 The number of homeless children and families continues to increase with the latest figures for last month showing there were 2,177 homeless children in 1,054 families homeless across the State last month.  File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The number of homeless children and families continues to increase with the latest figures for last month showing there were 2,177 homeless children i(...)

 Tusla chief executive Fred McBride said simply removing children from a place where there may have been abuse can cause its own difficulties. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Removing children from a foster home where there has been an allegation of sexual abuse should only be done as a “last resort”, the head of Tusla, the(...)

Frustration: ‘The most common, serious form of abuse in babies is babies being shaken and when we look at the causes of that, crying is very often the trigger.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

We all know babies cry – that’s how they communicate. But until you become a parent, you may not realise how piercing and persistent a baby’s crying c(...)

A study has found an average of 221 adults a night were placed in emergency beds in the last quarter of last year. Photograph: Alan Betson

Almost 3,500 homeless adults used emergency accommodation in Dublin at the end of last year, the highest number in any three-month period since the fi(...)

The ISPCC launches its #InvestInChildhood general election campaign. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

Candidates in the general election must commit to improving standards of living and welfare and mental health services for the State’s youth, the Iris(...)

The Irish Deaf Society is calling for the recognition of Irish Sign Language as an official language. Photograph: Thinkstock

Minister for Children James Reilly was challenged on his knowledge of child poverty rates at a United Nations committee today. Addressing the UN Com(...)

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