Sunday 11 December 2016

Children's mental health being ignored

Published 18/05/2011 | 05:00

Last week's Catholic Church child protection watchdog report shows that most of the new allegations of abuse were made against deceased clerics or those who are retired.

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It seems that crimes of abuse against children are only exposed when the perpetrators are retired, dying or dead. How about we catch some live ones?

May I propose that the principals of each of the 3,000 primary schools in Ireland be given €100 a week, ring-fenced to spend on a self-employed counsellor for two or three hours a week. The approximate cost would be €300,000 a week.

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