Please find below older reports and policy submissions in our key areas. If you are searching for something in particular and cannot find it, please contact the team

Child poverty

Policy submissions


Children's rights

Policy submissions and papers


Child welfare and protection

Child Protection Legislation

Seminars & conferences

Mental health

Patients. Parents. People. June 2014

Conference exploring parental mental health and how families can be better supported to recover and thrive.

Moving On: Aftercare Provision in Ireland, 2011

Presentations from Juvenile Justice: Criminal and Welfare Concerns 2001-2011 Seminar

Reform of Children's Services


Child protection

The Cloyne Report

The launch of the Cloyne Report clearly demonstrates that everyone working with children needs to be singing from the same hymn sheet when it comes to implementing child welfare and protection systems. The State needs to establish clear legislation and standards that leave no room to hide for those who fail to protect children. Institutions in Ireland cannot continue to approach child protection in whatever way best suits them. We need a standard approach to child welfare and protection to which everyone must be boun.

Now is the time to get to work on getting Ireland’s systems right in child welfare and protection.

The Cloyne Report is available to download at the Department of Justice website.

Read the statement from Barnardos issued in response: Power to Protect.

Saving Childhood Ryan 2010

We are eight organisations working on behalf of children and survivors of abuse. In May 2010, we came together to mark the first anniversary of the Ryan Report.

Our aim is to lobby the Government to act on the recommendations they pledged to implement in the Ryan Implementation Plan - without delay.

The improvement of our child protection systems will ensure that all children are better protected from harm and abuse today and in the future.  

Saving Childhood Ryan Report (May 2010, PDF 297KB)

Update on Saving Childhood Ryan Report (September 2010, PDF 26 KB)

Murphy Report and Response 2009

The Dublin Archdiocese Commision of Investigation was established to report on the handling by Church and State authorities of a representative sample of allegations and suspicions of child sexual abuse against clerics operating under the aegis of the Archdiocese of Dublin over the period 1975 to 2004. The report of the commission is in two parts. 

On 26th November 2009, the Commission of Inquiry into the Dublin Diocese report was published. More information and copies of the report as PDF's or in HTML can be found at

Below is the statement made by Barnardos on this issue.

"Enough is Enough. We Must Now Prioritise Children in Ireland."



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