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    A Partnership with Children: Policy Proposals for a Future National Agreement
    (Barnardos, 1999) Barnardos; The Children's Rights Alliance; The Combat Poverty Agency; The National Youth Council of Ireland; The Society of St Vincent de Paul
    Information sheet from The Open Your Eyes to Child Poverty Initiative that sets out a policy agenda for a future national agreement that can contribute to the prevention, reduction and eventual elimination of child poverty.
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    Comprehensive Vetting System
    (Barnardos, 2007) Barnardos
    Paper describing the vetting system in Ireland and the limitations it has.
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    Abuse Through Prostitution and the Internet
    (Barnardos, 2007) Barnardos
    The scale of child prostitution, child trafficking and grooming has increased considerably due to the development of new technologies such as the internet and mobile phones. The new technologies give people who are sexually interested in children a new medium to network, share information and fantasies and explore new identities. Use of the internet has both national and international implications, which makes the monitoring and policing of exploitative practices all the more difficult.
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    Child Prostitution
    (Barnardos, 2010) Barnardos
    The existence of child prostitution is an alarming indictment of Irish society. Childhood should be a precious time when innocence is protected. We have a moral and societal responsibility to ensure children are protected from those who may harm them. This can be done through awareness raising and the provision of comprehensive legislation and social services for all children, particularly those most at risk of prostitution. Language underpins our attitudes towards prostitution. Referring to a child as a prostitute and men as pimps and punters implies that children are making informed choices and decisions about their situation. Barnardos knows that this is not the case. Prostitution is an offence as it is a form of child abuse and exploitation; it involves the exploitation of a child by an adult who is controlling, coercing, assaulting and raping the child.
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    Separated Children in Foster Care: Seminar Paper
    (Barnardos, 2011) Barnardos
    In the last decade, over 2,900 separated children, who are children outside their country of origin without the protection of their parents or guardians, have come to Ireland and have been placed into the care of the Health Service Executive (HSE). Until 2010, separated children were housed in specific hostels mainly located in the Dublin area. The hostels did not have round the clock trained childcare workers on site and were run by managers and security personnel. The HSE Separated Children Seeking Asylum social work team provided social work services to separated children in these hostels on a Monday to Friday office hour basis, meaning that during the evenings and weekends, the young people had no access to care supports. The lack of adequate 24 hour care staff in the hostels and the absence of a proper inspection regime meant that, amongst other shortcomings, significant numbers of SCSA went missing from care and some still remain unaccounted for. Historically, it is arguable that there has been a lack of a child centred approach in dealing with separated children in Ireland, with too much emphasis placed on the immigration status of the child rather than the best interests of the child. This focus has impacted negatively on the quality of care given to separated children in the State.