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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Submission regarding the Roll Out of Free GP Care to Under 6s February 2014
- Submission into the Advisory Group on Tax and Social Welfare: Working Age Payments Dec 2012
- Submission into the Advisory Group on Tax and Social Welfare: Disability Allowance Feb 2012
- Child Poverty: Ireland in Recession April 2011 (PDF 2,452 KB)
- Advisory Group on Tax and Social Welfare Submission (September 2011)
- Presentation to Joint Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure & Reform - November 2011
- Submission into the Comprehensive Spending Review - July 2011
- The Experience and Scale of Child Poverty in Ireland - December 2010
Policy submissions and papers
- UN Committee on the Rights of the Child Concluding Observations on Ireland (March 2016)
- Reflections on the Government's UPR Process from a children's rights perspective (October 2015)
- Ireland's parallel report to the Committee on the Rights of the Child 'Are we there yet?' (September 2015)
- Picture Your Rights, young people's submission to the Committee on the Rights of the Child (May 2015)
- Norah Gibbons' speech at the 'Campaign for Children and Children's Rights Alliance Seminar' (May 2012)
- Ireland's third periodic report to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (October 2011)
- Submission to the Irish Council of Civil Liberty to feed into the Universal Periodic Review (PDF 22.5KB, February 2011)
- Joint Submission to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Constitutional Amendment on Children 2009
- Barnardos' submission to the Joint Committee on the Constitutional Amendment on Children 2008
- The Case for Constitutional Change (2006)
Child welfare and protection
- Presentation to TD Briefing on the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill 2015 July 2016
- Submission on Ireland’s 4th Periodic Report under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
Child Protection Legislation
- Submission on Courts Bill - May 2013
Seminars & conferences
Patients. Parents. People. June 2014
Conference exploring parental mental health and how families can be better supported to recover and thrive.
- Submission into Review of Mental Health Act 2001 (September 2011)
- Submission into reform of mental capacity laws - August 2011
Moving On: Aftercare Provision in Ireland, 2011
- Susan Carey, BL, presented an “Outline of Aftercare Legal Frameworks in Other Jurisdictions”
- Brenda Kneafsey, Coordinator Aftercare Advocacy and Support and Mike Allen, Director of Advocacy, Focus Ireland both presented on “Why We Need Legislation in Practice”
- Siobhan Mugan, National Specialist for Alternative Care, HSE presented on “Aftercare and Through Care: Responsibilities, Opportunities and Development”
- living (no presentation available).
- The policy paper underpinning the seminar is available to download.
Presentations from Juvenile Justice: Criminal and Welfare Concerns 2001-2011 Seminar
Gerald Durcan: Children in the Welfare and Justice Systems (Powerpoint file)
Geoffrey Shannon Presentation (Powerpoint file)
Michelle Shannon: Irish Youth Justice Service: A Review (Powerpoint file)
Reform of Children's Services
- Submission on draft Aftercare Policy July 2010
- A Way Forward for Delivering Children's Services by Brian Harvey March 2011 (PDF 466KB)
- Reorganising Child and Family Support Services – Barnardos Discussion Paper
- Submission on Standards for Residential and Foster Care Services March 2010
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 www.dacoi.ie
Below is the statement made by Barnardos on this issue.