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Government Awarded "E" Grade Over Child Homelessness

Emma Tyrrell
Emma Tyrrell

07:35 21 Feb 2022

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The Government's been awarded an "E" grade for homelessness by the Children's Rights Alliance in its annual Report Card.

That's down from a C, as the number of children in emergency accommodation creeps back up.

Tanya Ward, CEO of the Children’s Rights Alliance, says the Government’s emergency response to the pandemic had a strong focus on preventative measures and resulted in fewer families in emergency accommodation.

"There is a strong appetite now after the challenges of COVID-19 to change things for the better; we should be building on what worked well rather than simply returning to the way things were before. We can’t allow progress to reverse" she said.

In December 2021, there were 1,077 families experiencing homelessness including 2,451 children. By the end of 2021, almost one in four children living in emergency accommodation in Dublin were there for more than two years.

The alliance also gave the government an "E" Grade for mental health while there was a "B" grade in the area of children living in Direct Provision. It followed the publication of the White Paper on Ending Direct Provision.

While in terms of harassment, harmful communications and related offences ministers were awarded an "A" following the enactment of the Harmful Communications and Related Offences Bill in full in February 2021.

Main image: Morrigan (8) and Durragh (11) at Government Buildings launching The Children's Rights Alliance's Report Card 2022.

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