A survey of 385 members of the Mayo community found that general public feels that it is unsure about what to do if concerned about the welfare of a child. Key findings were:
87% felt there wasn’t enough information available regarding child protectin and welfare.
57% said they would feel nervous, not sure or wouldn’t report a suspected case of child abuse or neglect.
83% felt that childrens’ rights are not protected in the same way as adults in Ireland.
The Director of Services at ISPCC (the Irish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children) said that people in the community need to speak to comeone if they have concerns: the safety of the child should always be the main consideration and child protection is everyone’s business.
New legislation in the form of Children First Guidance and mandatory reporting is due to be enacted in the very near future in Ireland.