Homeless Children In Adult Hostels 'Disgraceful' - SF

Homeless children being placed in adult hostels has been described as "disgraceful" and a "huge cause for concern from a child protection perspective" by Sinn Féin's Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire.

TD for Cork South-Central and party spokesperson on Children & Youth Affairs, Deputy Ó Laoghaire, said: "The fact that these placements are now considered as strategies is of grave concern. These placements are by no means suitable for children and would raise certain questions pertaining to issues of child protection. I do understand that this is a last resort to prevent children sleeping rough of the streets of Dublin, however, I would also be concerned that this may put children at undue risk.

"We can't take the perspective of the lesser of two evils in this instance. Both the placement of children in these hostels, and the potential of children sleeping rough on our streets, must be viewed as equally and grossly unacceptable.

"Minister Zappone must act to put pressure on Minister Coveney to ensure that child protection best practice is adhered to."


Related Irish News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

01 December 2011
Laws On Way To Force Child Abuse Reporting
After this week's continuing focus on allegations of clerical sexual abuse it has emerged today that legislation to introduce mandatory reporting of such allegations should be ready for the next Dáil term. The Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald has issued a memorandum on the legislation that had already been agreed by the Government.
20 November 2018
'Whole Govt' Families Policy Launched
Ireland's first ever cross-Departmental strategy to support babies, young children and their families as been launched by the the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and a number of ministers.
21 February 2018
Early Years Educators Must Complete Child Protection Training
The Department of Children and Youth Affairs has been urged to give early years educators the same opportunities as primary and second level teachers to complete child protection training.
17 November 2016
Minister Zappone Urged To Publish Report On Child Protection Recommendations
Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone, has been urged to publish a report submitted to the government on the significant changes needed to Child Protection systems in Ireland. The report was completed by Geoffrey Shannon, Ireland's Special Rapporteur on Child Protection.
03 February 2012
Cross Border Child Protection Plan Launched
The Minister for Youth Affairs has welcomed a joint protocol aimed at protecting vulnerable children between Ireland North and South. The cross jurisdictions plan was formally launched today at the North South Ministerial Council meeting in Armagh attended by Minister Fitzgerald and her Northern Ireland counterpart Health Minister Edwin Poots.