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Recent Stories in Children’s Rights

We are still awaiting a draft version of the proposed children’s rights amendment to the Constitution. Aoife blogged about the proposal here. The government serves children very badly, as the Children’s Rights Alliance reminded us last week.  In the fortnight since the announcement was made that the draft constitutional amendment was on the brink of publication  a number of important stories touching on children’s rights in Ireland have broken.

  • Fine Gael provides a very good summary of the outstanding issues in the child protection system here .
  • The Examiner reports on the serious consequences for children with learning difficulties of the budget-driven withdrawal of support teachers here.
  • Last year was the worst year since 2006 for migrant children disappearing from State care. Fine Gael’s response is here and you can read the Irish Times report on the same issue here . The HSE on Monday said that  ‘it has been unsubstantiated that any of the children who go missing from HSE care have been trafficked’. However, the Children’s Rights Alliance provides this statement in which it convincingly argues that  ‘it is a matter of public record that children, who have disappeared from HSE care, have subsequently been ‘found’ in situations where they were being exploited by traffickers. ‘
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  1. Diarmuid Griffin
    February 4, 2010 at 11:52 am

    For further information on migrant children disappearing from State care see the Thematic Study on Child Trafficking – Ireland, conducted by FRALEX on behalf of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (2008). http://fra.europa.eu/fraWebsite/attachments/Child-trafficking-09-country-ie.pdf

    Of particular interest is the chapter on the agencies responsible for the care and protection and this extract from the report:

    “The HSE stated in 2005 that they believed that the majority of separated children coming into care have been trafficked into the country. In a letter to the Department, the HSE stated that “the executive has on several occasions taken children into care following their rescue from desperate situations by the Garda National Immigration Bureau”

    A report by Carl O’Brien in the Irish Times, (Monday 21 November, 2005) quotes correspondence from the HSE to the Department of Justice as saying:

    “It also a matter of fact that the vast majority of children coming into care have been trafficked into the country…”

    If this is a matter of fact according to the HSE, then it is higly likely that at least some of those that go missing from care, have also been trafficked into the country.

  2. February 5, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    http://www.fomacs.org/blog_detail.php – more on separated children.

  3. February 8, 2010 at 1:32 am

    http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/frontpage/2010/0208/1224263954887.html – more on separated children in the care of the HSE.

  4. Aoife Nolan
    February 11, 2010 at 9:02 am

    For further information on the disappearances of unaccompanied foreign minors placed in institutions in Belgium, France, Spain and Switzerland, see the study carried out by Terre Des Hommes, ‘Disappearing, departing, running away
    A surfeit of children in Europe?’:
    http://www.crin.org/docs/Disappearing_children.pdf

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