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Special Rapporteur on Child Protection’s latest report welcomed – Mitchell

7 December, 2017 - by Denise Mitchell TD


Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Children and Youth Affairs Denise Mitchell TD has welcomed the publication of the Tenth Report of the Special Rapporteur on Child Protection which includes recommendations on cyber-harassment, Brexit, the State’s child protection system and many other issues.

Speaking on Thursday, Deputy Mitchell said:

“This is an important piece of work which puts the rights and best interests of children at its core. I want to welcome the recommendations in the Report and call on the Government to implement them in a timely fashion.

“The recommendation for the introduction of a ‘Fagin’s Law’ in Ireland, which would make it a statutory offence for adults to persuade children to carry out a criminal offences on their behalf, is a particularly important one.

“I also want to welcome the recommendations around the issue of cyber harassment and online bullying. These are growing problems across Ireland, particularly as children begin using social networks and apps at younger ages, and legislation must keep pace with changes in technology. One of the major grey areas is the issue of indirect-harassment in the digital world, and this needs to be addressed quickly.

“Finally, the Report notes that the availability of social housing should be increased as a matter of priority. This is a key issue. It is totally unacceptable that there are more than 3,000 homeless children across the State tonight. The only way to tackle this problem is by increasing the building of social housing coupled with real rent certainty and security of tenure.” 

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