Disabled homeless children not priority for housing, says Ombudsman

Children who are homeless and have significant disabilities and medical needs are not being prioritised on State housing lists, the office of the Ombudsman for Children has warned.

Government departments and public bodies are also failing to fully respect and promote children’s rights, according to Dr Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children.

The Ombudsman’s 2016 annual report shows that education, child protection services and access to appropriate housing continue to be of great concern to parents and young people, while Tusla, the Child and Family Agency is operating as a “crisis agency” with “clear inconsistencies”.

His office dealt with 1,682 complaints last year, an increase of 3 per cent when compared with 2015 and a rise of 47 per compared to 2010.

“The number of complaints suggest that public bodies and Government departments still have a long way to go towards fully respecting and promoting children’s rights in the work that they do,” said Mr Muldoon. “I am more convinced than ever that children’s rights remain a crucial issue in Irish society.”


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