ItemChildLinks Issue 4(Barnardos, 1994) BarnardosThe Kilkenny Incest Case, the case of abuse and neglect of Kelly Fitzgerald and the other current controversial inquiries taking place in residential centres has focused much public attention on the issue of child protection. It may seem to some that the more resources that are devoted to child protection the more unprotected children are discovered. This is, of course, due to a complexity of reasons, not least the fact that much of these resources are devoted to the identification and confirmation of the occurrence of abuse rather than to its prevention. ItemChildLinks Issue 3(Barnardos, 1994) BarnardosIt could be argued that the potential for improving the situation of children in Ireland has never been better. A number of factors combine to make this the case. These include the government's commitment to resource the full implementation of the 1991 Child Care Act, the introduction of the Health Strategy and the ratification of the UN Convention on Children's Rights. While the more cynical observers point out that such factors are no more than “paper realities’ the more optimistic among us view these as representing very real opportunities to improve the lot of children and families in this country. ItemChildLinks Issue 2(Barnardos, 1994) BarnardosThere have been several interesting developments in relation to the National Children's Resource Centre since the first issue Of Childlinks. The first anniversary of the Centre was celebrated with the publication of the “Child and Family Directory'. Computerisation of the Information and Library Service is contributing enormously to the efficiency with which queries can be answered and literature searches completed. Work has begun in association with the Department of Health on a project entitled 'A Study of Parenting Programmes in Ireland' which is due to be completed in August 1994. The piloting phase of a evaluation system for nurseries and creches is well underway. The Centre is also represented on the steering committee of a new group entitled "The Children's Rights Alliance - Republic of Ireland' which is working to establish a Children's Rights Unit to promote awareness of the UN Convention on Children's Rights. ItemChildLinks Issue 1(Barnardos, 1993) BarnardosThe National Children's Resource Centre was Officially opened on the 15 February 1993 by the Minister for Health Mr Brendan Howlin in response to the need for a centralised information gathering and dissemination agency on child related issues. The National Children's Resource Centre also incorporates a training service primarily aimed at those working with children and advisory services on day care and adoption related issues. The general aim of the National Children's Resource Centre is to provide information and training relevant to the welfare of children (0- 18) in response to current issues and likely future developments in childcare in Ireland. The National Children's Resource Centre is run by Barnardo's with the help of an advisory panel consisting of representatives from the statutory, voluntary and academic sectors within and outside Dublin. The National Children's Resource Centre liaises with and offers information on a wide range of voluntary and statutory groups, who have an interest in children.