From Simon Communities of Ireland’s 2018 annual report (click to enlarge)
Simon Communities of Ireland is launching its 15-page annual report for 2018.
It found there was a 26% increase in number of people turning to the group’s services throughout Ireland in 2018 – 16,776 up from 13,304 in 2017.
It follows the Department of Housing releasing the latest homeless figures on Tuesday evening which show there a record high of 10,514 people (6,688 adults and 3,826 children) were living in emergency accommodation in the final week of October.
Read the report in full here
Previously: 10,514 But Confidence Remains
Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street, Dublin 2.
CEO of Galway Simon Community Karen Golden with National Spokesperson for the Simon Communities, Wayne Stanley, speaking at the launch of the Simon Communities of Ireland launch Annual Report.
Three hundred and sixty-five per cent?
Focus Ireland has launched the following video as part of its campaign to highlight the problem of homelessness.
Children’s Ombudsman Emily Logan at the launch of her final annual report in Dublin this morning
Outgoing Children’s Ombudsman Emily Logan has published her final annual report this morning, which shows there was an 16% increase in complaints in 2013, compared to 2012.
From her report:
In relation to one particular complaint, Ms Logan’s report explains how the State could not find a school to take one child – who was a separated child seeking asylum and aged 13 at the time – for two years.
[Office of the Children’s Ombudsman] received a complaint from a Guardian ad Litem (GAL) regarding education provision for a separated child seeking asylum. The child who was then aged 13, had been permanently excluded from school. Despite applications to almost 30 schools in a wide catchment area by the National Education and Welfare Board (NEWB) and the child’s social worker as well as one unsuccessful Section 29 appeal, a school place could not be secured.
The Department sanctioned nine hours per week Home Tuition (according to the DES Circular M29/95 the minimum number of instruction hours per week in post-primary school is 28) for the child throughout this period. The GAL contended that the Department failed in its responsibility to provide a school place for the child and that this involuntary exclusion from school had an adverse impact on their social and academic development.
The child was given a school place after two years outside the system and is reported to be progressing well after a difficult start.
In relation to asylum seekers in general, Ms Logan states:
I would like to use this opportunity to once again raise an ongoing issue of concern for me regarding the exclusion to my investigatory remit in the area of asylum and immigration. The Department of Justice and Equality and my Office do not have a shared understanding of the scope of this exclusion, particularly as it relates to children in direct provision.
I have raised this with the Oireachtas on numerous occasions dating back to my first annual report. In March 2012, my Office submitted a detailed report on the operation of the Ombudsman for Children Act 2002 to the Oireachtas and to the Minister for Children
and Youth Affairs. This report contained a detailed recommendation for amending the 2002 Act to clarify the role of the OCO in relation to complaints relating to asylum and immigration matters.
Notwithstanding the lack of clarity regarding its jurisdiction, the OCO has dealt with complaints brought to its attention concerning children living in direct provision. The OCO has sought and obtained a resolution to complaints brought to the Office in the interests of the children in question, though the Department of Justice and Equality has not accepted that the OCO can address these as cases within the statutory complaints-handling framework of the Ombudsman for Children Act.
Meanwhile, from the launch…
Read the report in full here
Previously: Why All The Secrecy?
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Headstrong,a charity supporting young people’s mental health in Ireland released it’s annual report for 2013 this morning.
The top ‘presenting issues’ were: anxiety, tension, worry (17%), anger (11%), family problems (10%), feelings of depression (10%), and isolation from others/withdrawal (10%).
Headstrong’s Dr [Sheelah] Ryan sez:
“Every community needs help to support our young people’s mental health and every system designed for our young people needs to be strengthened. It’s plain and it’s simple.” Dr Tony Bates, Founding Director, of Headstrong said at the launch. “And if we don’t intervene now as a country and make our young people’s mental health a national priority we are just storing up and escalating entrenched mental health issues for the future.”
Headstrong 2013 annual report
Earlier: Talk Is Cheap
Thanks Claire Colcannon