One in seven children is lost to homelessness, poverty and neglect.
That’s according to Barnardos, which launches its Lost Childhood campaign today.
The charity hopes to get almost 60,000 people to join the campaign to help those children left behind.
CEO of Barnardos Fergus Finlay says they have also identified six measures and 'essential public services' to help children.
Those measures range from a dedicated child and family public health nurse system to free school books to all primary school children.
Mr Finlay observed: "Those kind of small practical measures are almost nothing in the overall scheme of things, but they would be the kind of things that would begin to make a real difference."
The charity estimates they will cost less than €250 million to introduce, which Mr Finlay pointed out is "not the billions that are proposed to be spent on metros and motorways".