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From TheJournal.ie The State won't know how many homeless students will be sitting the Leaving Cert this summer Homelessness

The State won't know how many homeless students will be sitting the Leaving Cert this summer

Neither the Department of Education nor the State Examination Commission keep those details.

From TheJournal.ie Every child should be taught the words of Amhrán na bhFiann in primary school, says Taoiseach Sinne Fianna Fail

Every child should be taught the words of Amhrán na bhFiann in primary school, says Taoiseach

There have been calls for the teaching of the national anthem to be added to the curriculum.

From TheJournal.ie Parents' focus on 'winning' custody battles is harming Irish children Family Courts

Parents' focus on 'winning' custody battles is harming Irish children

An Oireachtas committee will today hear from various interest groups about proposals to reform the family law system.

From TheJournal.ie Leo says he supports school students going on strike next week as part of global action on climate change Day Of Action

Leo says he supports school students going on strike next week as part of global action on climate change

Friday, 15 March has been named as an international day of action on climate change.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: How to deal with your child's fear of the monsters under the bed Opinion

Opinion: How to deal with your child's fear of the monsters under the bed

Philippa Perry writes about how not to shut children down, which might only encourage them not to talk to you about big and small things.

From TheJournal.ie Over half of youths not punished for serious crimes due to garda scheme failings went on to reoffend Youth Diversion

Over half of youths not punished for serious crimes due to garda scheme failings went on to reoffend

In more than 2,000 cases an adult who was also involved in the crime was cautioned or prosecuted for the offence.

From TheJournal.ie The government got an 'F' from 100 organisations over how it's handling child and family homelessness Report Card

The government got an 'F' from 100 organisations over how it's handling child and family homelessness

The government has also been criticised for not introducing national standards for emergency accommodation.

From TheJournal.ie Inquiry to be considered after children reassured hearing was fine only to be told years later of impairment Review

Inquiry to be considered after children reassured hearing was fine only to be told years later of impairment

The HSE issued apologies to 60 children as result of failings related to paediatric audiology services.

From TheJournal.ie Hungary to give women with 4 or more children lifelong tax exemption Promises

Hungary to give women with 4 or more children lifelong tax exemption

Viktor Orban announced that and other measures during his “state of the nation” address.

From TheJournal.ie 80% of 8 to 10-year-olds own a device capable of accessing the internet, and 40% are talking to strangers online Cyber Safety

80% of 8 to 10-year-olds own a device capable of accessing the internet, and 40% are talking to strangers online

Today is Safer Internet Day, with organisations working to raise awareness around how people can be more safe online.

From TheJournal.ie Babies who hear two languages at home have a better ability to concentrate Development

Babies who hear two languages at home have a better ability to concentrate

This new research suggests the advantages of living in a bilingual home begin from the very earliest stage of development.

From TheJournal.ie 'It's so badly needed': Harris defends development of children's hospital despite rising costs Children's Hospital

'It's so badly needed': Harris defends development of children's hospital despite rising costs

Minister for Health Simon Harris appeared before the Health Committee this afternoon.

From TheJournal.ie External agencies providing sex ed in schools to be regulated in recommended radical overhaul Overhaul

External agencies providing sex ed in schools to be regulated in recommended radical overhaul

A report launching today calls for a radical overhaul of how sex education is taught in both primary and secondary schools.

From TheJournal.ie Over 200 claims made against Bus Éireann School Transport Scheme Personal Injury

Over 200 claims made against Bus Éireann School Transport Scheme

The School Transport Scheme transports children who reside in remote areas of the country to and from their nearest school.

From TheJournal.ie Judge told child in rural Irish town may have been trafficked Children In Care

Judge told child in rural Irish town may have been trafficked

In another case the court heard a pre-school age child may have been sexually abused while in foster care.

From TheJournal.ie Children who own mobile phones at younger age perform worse in reading and maths tests Screen Time

Children who own mobile phones at younger age perform worse in reading and maths tests

New research has found that four in 10 children in Ireland own a mobile phone by the age of nine.

From TheJournal.ie Guide suggests not enough evidence that screen time is harmful to children's health Study

Guide suggests not enough evidence that screen time is harmful to children's health

Published by the RCPCH the guide consulted 109 children and young people across the UK.

From TheJournal.ie Babies born in Ireland in 2019 can expect to live until 2101 22nd Century

Babies born in Ireland in 2019 can expect to live until 2101

Ireland is one of only 28 countries where 2019 babies will likely live until the 22nd century

From TheJournal.ie 'Sometimes they're just lonely and want a chat': What it means to volunteer at Childline Mental Health This post contains videos

'Sometimes they're just lonely and want a chat': What it means to volunteer at Childline

Childline saw it’s seventh millionth phone call earlier this year – we sat down with some volunteers to see what Childline means to them.

From TheJournal.ie 'Tension, fraught relationships, alcohol': Childline contacted 1,200 times on Christmas Day Childline

'Tension, fraught relationships, alcohol': Childline contacted 1,200 times on Christmas Day

The number represents a 25% increase on last year’s contacts.

From TheJournal.ie VIDEO: The charity providing free accommodation to parents of sick children Hugh's House This post contains videos

VIDEO: The charity providing free accommodation to parents of sick children

Ade Stack saw parents who were not from Dublin sleeping in waiting rooms and in their cars while her son was in hospital – she wanted to do something to help.

From TheJournal.ie Public consultation on children's data protection rights will begin next week Data Protection

Public consultation on children's data protection rights will begin next week

Public consultation will allow parent groups and child welfare organisations to make submissions.

From TheJournal.ie 'My dad was on heroin... I was put into care when I was 8': The experience of young homeless families Homelessness

'My dad was on heroin... I was put into care when I was 8': The experience of young homeless families

A new report looks into the experiences of new families with young parents.

From TheJournal.ie 'Beyond crisis': Almost half of beds for children with mental health needs closed due to safety concerns Complex Needs
From TheJournal.ie Hopes that Irish children's TV will follow UK and feature Lámh signing after viral video Communication Needs

Hopes that Irish children's TV will follow UK and feature Lámh signing after viral video

Lámh is Ireland’s version of Makaton.

From TheJournal.ie Poll: Are 'no fry zones' around schools a good idea? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Are 'no fry zones' around schools a good idea?

One in four children in Ireland is overweight or obese.

From TheJournal.ie Homeless kids launch book of stories and poems to let other children know 'they are not alone' I Hope You Grow

Homeless kids launch book of stories and poems to let other children know 'they are not alone'

The children said they wanted to share the difficulties they have experienced but also to share their hope with other children in tough situations.

From TheJournal.ie Homeless crisis will not begin to ease until at least 2021, committee told Homelessness

Homeless crisis will not begin to ease until at least 2021, committee told

A Trinity professor said the recategorisation of homeless figures has “undermined confidence in the data”.

From TheJournal.ie Growing up in Ireland: Just one in four 9-year-olds get recommended level of physical activity Families

Growing up in Ireland: Just one in four 9-year-olds get recommended level of physical activity

One quarter reported being physically active for at least 60 minutes every day.

From TheJournal.ie More than 1,600 children and teens waiting over a year for psychology appointments Waiting Lists

More than 1,600 children and teens waiting over a year for psychology appointments

The HSE figures were released to Fianna Fáil’s mental health spokesperson James Browne.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'Eating this mineral in pregnancy - and before conception - can boost how your child's brain develops' Opinion

Opinion: 'Eating this mineral in pregnancy - and before conception - can boost how your child's brain develops'

The evidence is very clear and yet we are among the countries in the world that is most deficient in this mineral, writes

From TheJournal.ie Homeless and Traveller children 'falling through gaps' in education system Report Card

Homeless and Traveller children 'falling through gaps' in education system

Ireland is one of the best countries in terms of reducing education inequality, but concerns have been raised about vulnerable children.

From TheJournal.ie Knife-wielding woman attacks and injures 14 children in Chinese kindergarten Sichuan

Knife-wielding woman attacks and injures 14 children in Chinese kindergarten

The 39-year-old assailant used a kitchen knife to slash students while they were returning to the classroom.

From TheJournal.ie The number of homeless children in Ireland has risen by 136 in the space of a month Homelessness

The number of homeless children in Ireland has risen by 136 in the space of a month

There are now collectively 9,698 people living in homeless accommodation across Ireland.

From TheJournal.ie Children are being trafficked into Ireland by their own families for exploitation by the sex trade Sex Trafficking

Children are being trafficked into Ireland by their own families for exploitation by the sex trade

The majority of the ringleaders of child trafficking into the EU are female according to Europol.

From TheJournal.ie One fifth of obese 13-year-olds in Ireland believe they are just the right weight Growing Up In Ireland

One fifth of obese 13-year-olds in Ireland believe they are just the right weight

A new report published today noted similar findings among parents of obese children.

From TheJournal.ie 'My mother was tied to the bed and when she couldn't push, one of the nuns sat on her chest' Mother-and-baby Homes

'My mother was tied to the bed and when she couldn't push, one of the nuns sat on her chest'

A new report on mother and baby homes has recommended the State give those affected a statutory right to access files.

From TheJournal.ie Decongestants 'should not be given' to young children with colds Warning

Decongestants 'should not be given' to young children with colds

New research shows there is no evidence that they alleviate symptoms such as a blocked or runny nose.

From TheJournal.ie 'When I come home I am not allowed to cook for my children' - the harsh realities of Direct Provision in Ireland Seeking Asylum

'When I come home I am not allowed to cook for my children' - the harsh realities of Direct Provision in Ireland

Donnah Vuma is one of the lucky few in Direct Provision who have managed to access university education here.

From TheJournal.ie 32% of Irish children are talking to strangers online every week Cyber Safety

32% of Irish children are talking to strangers online every week

Over half of nine year olds are on social media despite age restrictions, a new survey has found.

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