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One In Seven Children Lost To Homelessness Poverty And Neglect

Children's charity Barnardos is launching its new Lost Childhood campaign Barnardos wants €250 million to be spent on essential public services, to help the children it says are being left behind. The charity says one in seven children is lost to homelessness, poverty and neglect. It is today launching its 'Lost Childhood' campaign, which is calling on individuals, organisations and the Government to prioritise the injustices facing tens of thousands of children ...

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Spend time with your children to keep them off drugs

Parental engagement, more structured leisure time and access to a range of activities are vital when it comes to preventing children falling into substance abuse, an international expert has advised. Jón Sigfusson is director of Project Youth in Iceland, which saw the country go from having the highest level of adolescent substance use in Europe in 1998 to now having the lowest. Speaking in Galway, he insisted that to tackle the problem countries had to teach society, not teach the children ...

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Children opting out of religion to get clear programmes

Minister for Education told families being split due to restrictions on places Minister for Education Richard Bruton said: ‘There is not a [constitutional] provision, however, which states every parent should get the school of their choice.’ File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times Minister for Education Richard Bruton has said his intention is religion will not be used as a criterion for pupil selection in the vast majority of schools ...

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Bill designed to ensure all schools get a defibrillator introduced in the Dail thanks to Irish Sun Show Some Heart campaign

Our Show Some Heart crusade led Fine Gael TD Noel Rock to draft the important legislation and in the Seanad there were calls for the Government to row in behind his plan A BILL designed to ensure all schools get a defibrillator has been introduced in the Dail — thanks to an Irish Sun campaign. Our Show Some Heart crusade led Fine Gael TD Noel Rock to draft the important legislation ...

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Dear David Coleman Should I discuss safety with my anxious daughter.

Clinical psychologist David Coleman offers parenting advice in his weekly column. My seven-year-old daughter is a very happy little girl but at times gets anxious. As she is getting a bit older there are more occasions when we cannot be with her, eg parties, swimming with school and so on. Is this an appropriate age to start discussing other dangers and her personal safety, eg inappropriate behaviour towards her by others? We already talk about things like road safety ...

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End of the line for the Leaving Cert.

The first step of reforming our exam-obsessed senior cycle gets under way today. But who gets to decide what our children will learn?‘The physical classroom needs to be ripped out ...

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