Ireland

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Eurochild Child Guarantee Taskforce Country Report - Ireland

Recommendations for the Child Guarantee National Action Plan in Ireland This report is part of 6 country reports which include recommendations for the design and implementation of the Child Guarantee…

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Early Childhood Development in Ireland - Country Profile

Ireland has made good progress over recent years in delivering early childhood development (ECD) policies and in supporting families with young children. Specifically, numerous policy provisions provide access to early…

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Ireland - Country Profile on the European Semester and COVID-19 crisis

The government’s support to families and children during the crisis was adequate. It extended the school meals programme when the schools shut, so that children would not go hungry. There…

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Members

  • Children's Rights Alliance Ireland

    National Partner Network

    The goal of the Children’s Rights Alliance is to secure the changes in legislation policies and services required to ensure the implementation in Ireland of the principles and provisions of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. In accordance with this goal, the Alliance has been pursuing key objectives since its establishment in 1995; these are realising and defending children’s rights, monitoring and identifying the gaps in the protection of children’s rights and improving the implementation of law and Government policies.

     

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  • Helen Lynch

    Individual

    Helen Lynch is Director of the Occupational Therapy Graduate Studies programme and a member of the steering committee of ISS21 Childrern and Young Peoples group. In 2004 she joined the department of Occupational Therapy in UCC as full-time lecturer and Director of Brookfield Occupational Therapy Clinic. She designed and coordinated the second year Occupational Therapy programme, focusing on Occupational Therapy applied to early childhood and teenagers for eight years. She is now Year Four coordinator and leads the teaching on research in the programme. She supervises undergraduate research projects related to children and family-centred practice and delivers masters modules in professional reasoning.

     

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  • Hugh Frazer

    National Partner Network

    Hugh Frazer is an independent expert who advises national European and international organisations (e.g. European Commission and UNICEF) and NGOs (e.g. Eurochild, European Anti Poverty Network, ESN) on the development of social inclusion policies and strategies with a particular focus on issues of child poverty.

     

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  • Maria Corbett

    Individual

    Maria Corbett is a PhD student at the School of Law – National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG). She focuses on child protection, family support and child law. Maria undertakes court reporting for the Child Care Law Reporting Project and she is currently a board member of Kid’s Own Publishing Partnership and the Ark Cultural Centre. Maria has twenty years experience as a children’s rights advocate, legal and policy analyst and researcher. For 14 years from 2001, she led the policy work of the Children’s Rights Alliance in Ireland.

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  • Robbie Gilligan

    Individual
    Professor of Social Work and Social Policy at Trinity College Dublin. Robbie has been a social work educator and social researcher for 40 years. He is still a registered social worker, and an active researcher (having recently retired from my formal duties as Professor). The main focus of his research relates to children and young people in alternative care and adult care leavers. His work has also engaged with migrant children and with children with disabilities.
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Resources

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27 July 2022

Ireland's Child Guarantee National Action Plan - An overview

2021 was a turning point in the fight against child poverty, with the launch of two landmark initiatives, the EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child and the European Child…
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26 January 2022

Eurochild Child Guarantee Taskforce Country Report - Ireland

Recommendations for the Child Guarantee National Action Plan in Ireland This report is part of 6 country reports which include recommendations for the design and implementation of the Child Guarantee…
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22 December 2021

DataCare Country Overview - Ireland

In the context of the DataCare project, key data on children in alternative care for each country in EU and the UK have been analysed to map how EU Member…
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13 October 2021

Creating supportive environments through integrated working to fight child poverty

On 30 September, during the ‘ESF Transnational Cooperation Platform Community of Practice on Social Inclusion Peer review on creating supportive environments through integrated working to fight child poverty’, Eurochild members…
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29 July 2021

Early Childhood Development in Ireland - Country Profile

Ireland has made good progress over recent years in delivering early childhood development (ECD) policies and in supporting families with young children. Specifically, numerous policy provisions provide access to early…
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“Child participation is a way of thinking and in fact, not costly”, Norah Gibbons

Norah Gibbons, (Candidate) Honorary member of Eurochild and Chair of Ireland's Child and Family Agency, speaks of her work and the role the EU and children's rights organisations can play…

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Social Media Use in Irish Youth

Eurochild Children’s Council Sioda took part in the Mayo Tusla Youth Advisory Group's project on social media In Ireland, the Mayo Tusla Youth Advisory group (part of a partnership between…

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Irish report shows refugee children need more mental health, integration and education supports

Refugee children who have fled from Syria experience considerable challenges upon arrival in Ireland and need greater support from schools youth services and communities. That is according to a report…

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Wealthy Ireland sets its Sights on Tackling Poverty Among Children

Despite being one of Europe’s wealthiest countries, 23.9% of children in Ireland (Eurostat, 2019) are at risk of poverty or social exclusion (decrease from 25.2% in 2017). Almost 4,000 children…

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Ireland can lead the way in ensuring Member States focus on putting children first

On 24 May, Eurochild Secretary General, Jana Hainsworth, joined a webinar organised by Eurochild member, Children’s Rights Alliance, to discuss the potential of the EU Child Guarantee. More than 100…

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If you can’t hear them, you aren’t listening

On 24 November, Eurochild Children’s Council’s Irish member Sioda, joined a panel discussion organised by Ireland’s Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth exploring how the EU can represent…