Opinion Editorial

Friday 26 May 2017

Children deserve better

THE cases reviewed in the report by the Ombudsman for Children's Office (OCO) make for sad reading -- not to mention the tragic young suicide highlighted in a separate report yesterday.

The OCO report, prepared by Dr Ursula Kilkelly, senior law lecturer at University College Cork, also uses blunt language of a kind not usually found in Irish reports on public services.

It talks of "faceless, bureaucratic" decision making, which seems to apply policy without any real connection to the situation. The Children's Ombudsman, Emily Logan, expressed concern about a lack of awareness in civil and public administration of how quickly children can be damaged by depriving them of education or separating them from family.

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