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Publications 2007

Report of the Special Rapporteur on Child Protection, Mr Geoffrey ShannonAdobe PDF format document

In June 2006, the Government appointed Professor Finbarr McAuley and Mr Geoffrey Shannon as Special Rapporteurs on Child Protection. The Rapporteurs are independent legal experts whose functions are to keep under review and to audit legal developments for the protection of children; assess what impact, if any, litigation in national and international courts will have on child protection and to prepare, annually, a report to be submitted to the Oireachtas, setting out the results of the previous year's work.
This is the first of report of Mr Geoffrey Shannon and was submitted to the Oireachtas for consideration in December 2007.
The views expressed in the report are those of the author.

Published on 31 December 2007

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Report of the Criminal Law Rapporteur for the Legal Protection of Children, Professor Finbarr McAuleyAdobe PDF format document

In June 2006, the Government appointed Professor Finbarr McAuley and Mr Geoffrey Shannon as Special Rapporteurs on Child Protection. The Rapporteurs are independent legal experts whose functions are to keep under review and to audit legal developments for the protection of children; assess what impact, if any, litigation in national and international courts will have on child protection and to prepare, annually, a report to be submitted to the Oireachtas, setting out the results of the previous year's work.
This is the first of report of Professor Finbarr McAuley and was submitted to the Oireachtas for consideration in December 2007.
The views expressed in the report are those of the author.

Published on 31 December 2007

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The Agenda for Children's Services: A Policy HandbookAdobe PDF format document

I am delighted to welcome the publication of this national policy document, The Agenda for
Children's Services. It is an exciting and challenging time for all of us whose work concerns the
lives of children in Ireland. Never before has there been such a concerted focus on children,
their needs and what we as a society should do to respond to those needs.

Published on 10 December 2007

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The Agenda for Children's Services: Reflective Questions for HSE Senior ManagersAdobe PDF format document

These Reflective Questions should be used in conjunction with The Agenda for Children's
Services: A Policy Handbook. The aim of The Agenda is to assist policy-makers, managers
and front-line practitioners to engage in reflective practice and effective delivery, and to
identify their own role within the national policy framework.

Published on 10 December 2007

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The Agenda for Children's Services: Reflective Questions for Policy-makersAdobe PDF format document

These Reflective Questions should be used in conjunction with The Agenda for Children's
Services: A Policy Handbook. The aim of The Agenda is to assist policy-makers, managers
and front-line practitioners to engage in reflective practice and effective delivery, and
to identify their own role within the national policy framework.

Published on 10 December 2007

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Promoting the Well-Being of Families and ChildrenAdobe PDF format document

A Study of Family Support Services in the Health Sector in Ireland

Published on 13 October 2007

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A Census of Family Support Services In IrelandAdobe PDF format document

Results of a Census of Family Support Services which were Funded by Health Boards in 2002

Published on 13 October 2007

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Listening to children: Children's stories of domestic violenceAdobe PDF format document

This research provided a forum for children to tell their stories about domestic violence and provides considerable detail on how children can be successfully engaged in research. Children's capacity to reflect on their experiences was evidenced in this study. Ethical issues were always to the forefront of this research, to the extent that key methodological decisions were made solely on ethical grounds. The importance of including children in research as active subjects rather than passive objects is now recognised. The challenge for social researchers is to explore children's private experiences and present them for public debate using non-intrusive and safe methods.

Published on 11 October 2007

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Play and Technology for children aged 4-12Adobe PDF format document

This study of the role of technology in play provides an exploration of the play activities of Irish children (4-8 and 8-12), identifying technologies used in daily play patterns and looking at the wider implications for physiological and behavioural development, education and lifestyle. The project presents children's perspectives on the meanings, interpretations and value placed on technology-based play as well as documenting the views of parents and teachers on the opportunities and dangers involved.

Published on 30 September 2007

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National Recreation Policy for Young People - Launch pull-outAdobe PDF format document

National Recreation Policy for Young People - Launch pull-out

Published on 10 September 2007

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National Recreation Policy for Young People - A1 PosterAdobe PDF format document

National Recreation Policy for Young People - A1 Poster

Published on 10 September 2007

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Office of the Minister for Children Annual Report 2006Adobe PDF format document

Office of the Minister for Children Annual Report 2006. A new way of working to improve the lives of children and young people.

Published on 26 July 2007

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Value for Money Review of the Equal Opportunities Childcare ProgrammeAdobe PDF format document

This report represents the final output of the independent Value-for-Money Review of the Equal Opportunities Childcare Programme (EOCP) undertaken by Fitzpatrick Associates. The review was commissioned in July 2006 by the Office of the Minister for Children (OMC), part of the Department of Health and Children, as one of a series of Value-for-Money Reviews required by the Minister of Finance over the 2006-2008 period. It was to examine the implementation of the EOCP over the period 2000-2006 and make recommendations with regard to the development of its successor programme, the National Childcare Investment Programme (NCIP) 2006-2010.

Published on 11 July 2007

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Final Evaluation of Children and Young Peoples Forum 2005-2006Microsoft Word  document

This evaluation report covers the period 2005 and 2006, the first two years of operation of the Children and Young peoples Forum (CYPF). The report begins by outlines the methodology used by the evaluator, looks at the background to the Forum, looks at the objectives and considers progress to date and challenges encountered and how they were met. The report finishes with a series of conclusions and recommendations.

Published on 31 May 2007

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Report from the Comhairle na nÓg Implementation GroupAdobe PDF format document

This Report contains recommendations for supporting Comhairle na nÓg, to ensure that children and young people are involved at local level in developing policies and services that are relevant to them. The report was approved by the Minister for Children, Brian Lenihan TD, on 27 April 2007. The OMC will continue to work with the Implementation Group in this process.

Published on 04 May 2007

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State of the Nation's Children ReportAdobe PDF format document

This is the first State of the Nation's Children report, which fulfils a commitment in the National Children's Strategy to the publication of a regularly updated statement of key indicators of children's well-being. The report provides an invaluable source of information for anyone involved in providing services or support to children in Ireland. It brings together, for the first time, information from administrative, survey and census data. Arranged around four broad categories, the report details the status of children in 2006 in terms of socio-demographics; relationships with parents and peers; outcomes for children in education, health, and social, emotional and behavioural contexts; and formal and informal supports.

Published on 28 February 2007

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