ItemNo to the Use of Physical Punishment(Barnardos, 2006) BarnardosBarnardos believes that we, as a society, need to make the statement that hitting a child is as unacceptable, indeed as unlawful, as inflicting violence upon an adult. Ireland has signed up to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child which requires prohibition of all forms of corporal punishment. ItemChildren First on a Statutory Basis(Barnardos, 2006) BarnardosBarnardos welcomes the review of Children First and strongly recommends that they be placed on a statutory footing to ensure the highest level of protection for our children. It would remove the element of discretion, as professionals who are reluctant to report would be able to do so with the support of the law. Already, the Protections for Persons Reporting Child Abuse Act, 1998 provides clear legal protection for anyone reporting child abuse “reasonably and in good faith”. ItemEnough is Enough. We Must Now Prioritise Children in Ireland(Barnardos, 2009) BarnardosBarnardos today welcomed the long awaited publication of the Commission of Inquiry into the Dublin Diocese report, particularly welcoming the report's inclusion of strong and unequivocal statements regarding the collusion of State and Church authorities to protect institutions to the detriment of the protection of children. The children's charity renewed calls for the strengthening of children's rights and child protection across Ireland.