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    Tusla/Barnardos Partnership: Registered Users’ Feedback Survey - Findings Report (2022)
    (Barnardos, 2022) O Keeffe, Colin
    Findings from a 2022 user servey of Tusla staff who are members of Barnardos Library.
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    Back to School 2021 for Children (Infographic)
    (Barnardos, 2021) Barnardos
    Infographic summarising the results to children of the 2021 Back to School Survey.
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    Back to School 2021 (Infographic)
    (Barnardos, 2021) Barnardos
    Infographic summarising the results of the 2021 Back to School Survey.
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    Back to School Survey - Results: 2021
    (Barnardos, 2021) Moffatt, Stephen; Kent, Grainne; O'Hara, Jodie
    The past twelve months have been a tumultuous time for everyone, none more so than children and parents. Parents continued to juggle work with home-schooling while children had to deal with the uncertainty of not knowing when, for how long, and under what conditions they would go back to school. The findings from our survey show that children are largely happy and excited about returning to school in September and parents feel likewise. There is an appreciation by both groups of the fundamental role school plays in all aspects of a child’s social, educational and emotional development. However, our survey suggests that some children have struggled to navigate the past year, being away from school for significant periods and then having to readjust back. As a result, parents have additional concerns and worries about their children’s development. Additionally, for many children, the past 12 months has presented their families with increased challenges and adversity. The best way of ensuring that children who have had struggles or difficulties achieve their developmental goals is to provide additional support and help, particularly targeting those who may have already been struggling to engage with education prior to the pandemic.
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    The Real Cost of School in 2023 - Back to School Survey (Report)
    (Barnardos, 2023) Barnardos
    Every year, for 18 years, Barnardos has highlighted the costs incurred by parents in preparing their children to return to school each September, reporting on the pressures parents are directly experiencing to cover back to school costs. In Budget 2023, the Government took the progressive step to provide free schoolbooks to all primary school students. Despite this development, expenses remain high for parents. It is shameful and unjust that any child should grow up in a household experiencing severe financial pressures, struggling to afford something so fundamental as education. Now is the time to build on last year’s momentous step and set out plans to provide a truly free education to all children in Ireland. Barnardos calls on the government to prioritise the following four steps: 1. Provide free schoolbooks to all secondary children 2. Make it mandatory that all schools have an option of a low-cost uniform 3. Maintain Back to School Footwear and Clothing Allowance, increase and expand thresholds, and extend Child Benefit 4. End voluntary contributions