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Schooling and health top parent complaints

EDUCATION and health issues topped the list of complaints to the Ombudsman for Children's Office in 2012.

Parents made up the "vast majority" of complainants contacting the OCO on behalf of their children, the annual report for last year showed.

Last month, Children's Ombudsman Emily Logan demanded that health chiefs explain the creche inspection regime after the RTE Prime Time expose into the creche abuse scandal.

But yesterday she said that 2012 "marked a significant milestone in the advancement of children's rights in Ireland when the electorate was given the opportunity for the first time to decide if children's rights ought to be strengthened in the Constitution".


"This annual report illustrates why the advancement of children's rights in Ireland is indeed an unfinished project," Ms Logan said. Her office dealt with 1,465 complaints last year with education (43pc) and health (39pc) the two main categories of complaint.

Education complaints included the way schools handled allegations of inappropriate professional conduct, how peer bullying was handled, expulsion, suspension and enrolment, Department of Education policies, schemes and curriculum and the allocation of special needs resources.

Health complaints covered child protection, children in care, family support services and community care services.