Blog Posts by One Child International

  • Best Practices for the Safety of Children and Those Who Work with Them

    Children, left alone with adults who are not their parents, run the risk of sexual abuse. How do we protect them?

    As with medical professionals dealing with infectious diseases, standard precautions are the best option by treating everyone as though they are at risk. It protects the child and the adult working with them.

    Let's first define what a child is.

    Under State and Federal laws a child is anyone under the age of 18. That includes infants, babies, small children, pre-pubescent children, post-pubescent children and teenagers. That's quite a range of development when you think about it. Every single age-group is at risk for sexual abuse from those who view them as sexual objects.

    History has amply demonstrated that allowing a child to be alone with an unsupervised adult is the single greatest risk. Clergy, sports coaches, therapists, teachers, doctors, dentists, babysitters, adolescents; you name the occupation, and you will find it has been used as a gateway to

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  • No more reports on Irish clerical abuse please

    Ireland can't afford any more reports documenting the abuse perpetrated by the Catholic Church on the children of Ireland.

    Costs so far for reviewing just a tiny slice of the State's parishes has amounted to over E140 million. To expand that as Maeve Lewis of One in Four suggested in the Irish Independent today to cover the rest of the country would cost an estimated E3.5 billion. That's a lot of money. Money which makes the investigators rich and does nothing other than tell us what we already know; that the Catholic clergy raped and molested Irish children for generations and their superiors covered it up.

    We get it. We know what's going on. We also know that all the reports in the world will not lead to one member of the clergy's hierarchy gracing the halls of justice this side of Heaven's gate.

    'Reports' (and tribunals) are the default Irish response to difficult societal problems. They are a transparent attempt to intellectualize crimes that should be dealt with

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  • Child Abuse Prevention Month. So what?

    April is child abuse prevention month. Of course most of us know that every month is child abuse prevention month, except (to state the obvious) those who abuse their children.

    There is good news. The incidents of reported child abuse are down dramatically. I'd like to say that this is a wholly positive development but the cynic in me attributes the drop to a combination of proof that prevention education works along with abusers learning how not to get caught. Abusers are adapting, learning the systems in place to catch them. It's not hard; anyone can watch it on TV every night of the week on any of the police dramas.

    There's more good news, this time devoid of any cynicism. There is an army out there doing what parents should be doing themselves; protecting children from abuse.

    This army comprises law enforcement, child advocates, volunteers, social workers, nurses, health departments, doctors, interviewers, lawyers, judges, DA's, investigators, outreach specialist

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  • International charity asks Irish Minister Barry Andrews to postpone referendum for Children

    One Child International today delivered an open letter to Irish Minister for Children Barry Andrews requesting the deferment of the referendum for the Constitutional Amendment for Children.

    Despite the turmoil in the Irish Government and the mass resignations of Ministers, including Minister for Health Mary Harney, Andrews has shown no sign of changing his position on this crucial amendment. Minister Andrews told the Irish Independent newspaper, as reported on Friday January 21st, that he continues to prepare for the referendum on children's rights. The referendum will be part of the upcoming election for a new Government.

    Evin Daly, One Child International's CEO, appealed to Mr. Andrews to put off the referendum until after the election. Daly's concern is that the amendment may be rejected 'not for what it is, but because of the reputation of those who are proposing it.' Andrew's party Fianna Fail have a popularity rating of 8% in Ireland at present reflecting their lack of

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  • Ireland's Barry Andrews: A failed Minister for Children.

    What do we call people who make promises and don't deliver? Liars.

    Barry Andrews the Irish Minister for Children was in the news in mid-December congratulating himself for a job well done in continuing to record the plight of poor Irish children while doing nothing about it.

    December 31 st records Maeve Lewis, CEO of the abuse survivors groups One in Four, taking Andrews to task for never delivering on the funding he promised two years ago for counseling services for victims.

    This funding was emergently needed after the publishing of the Ryan report which highlighted child abuse at the country's industrial schools. The report prompted an overwhelming increase in the demand for help for victims. In promising the funds and by not delivering Andrews demonstrates his impotency of office. It also makes him a liar.

    Andrews has had a short and ineffective stint as Minister for Children. Perhaps in his appointment to the post he was at the receiving end of a favor owed. His

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  • Ireland's poor children need fewer reports, more action.

    A 'State of the Nation's Children' report was published this week in Ireland highlighting the plight of neglected Irish children; a plight which has become incrementally worse since 2006.

    Outgoing Minister for Children Barry Andrews smugly patted himself on the back for a job well done at a press conference on Wednesday, accompanied by his researchers. Ignoring the elephant in the sitting room, he expressed 'regrets not doing more to tackle childhood obesity during his term in office.' Obesity?

    His response typifies the malaise of intellectualizing a problem that in reality is in desperate need of hands-on, quantifiable, action, something Andrews is incapable of.

    The report - cost unknown - 'shows an increase in abuse, poverty and numbers waiting for social housing. Traveler children, immigrant children and children with a disability or chronic illness fare less well than the general population of children across a range of markers.' Does Mr. Barry regret not doing

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  • Jim Gamble, CEO of the UK’s CEOP, receives the 2010 Child Advocate Award

    Evin Daly, CEO, One Child presents the award to Jim Gamble, CEO of the CEOP LondonEvin Daly, CEO, One Child presents the award to Jim Gamble, CEO of the CEOP LondonLondon, November 17, 2010: One Child International awarded their 2010 Child Advocate Award to Jim Gamble, CEO of the CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Center). Mr. Gamble is a leading public figure in the fight against child exploitation.

    'Jim is a superb leader and spokesperson in the area of child protection, an area bereft of true leaders.' One Child CEO, Evin Daly said, 'He has brought the power of law against those who seek to abuse children.'

    Mr. Daly described Mr. Gamble as a trail-blazer that he wishes more child protection agencies would mimic. 'The area of child protection, particularly online, is an evolving process. The fluidity of abuse through technology is what makes it a challenge. A challenge that demands aggressive and focused counter-measures. CEOP exemplifies that under Jim's leadership.' Mr. Daly presented the award to Mr. Gamble at the CEOP headquarters in Pimlico today.

    Jim Gamble is Chief Executive of the Child Exploitation and Online

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  • Sean Dunne: Failed Irish developer scurries to the U.S.

    Belle Haven, Connecticut. For a man who not too long ago was known as the (ahem) 'Baron' of Ballsbridge, there was nothing Baron-like about Sean Dunne's skulking off to the U.S. recently to 'pursue business interests.' The Irish Independent reported that he had done a runner leaving his Shrewsbury Road, Dublin, residence behind along with his substantial debts on properties that are worth a fraction of the amount he borrowed, and gambled, on their purchase.

    The news was ignored by other Irish daily's, the Irish Times and the Examiner. Perhaps Dunne wasn't the high-brow he thought he was or maybe those papers benefited from his largess when he was still solvent which, by his own admission, may have been quite some time ago.

    Indeed the Independent's article made it sound like he had gone on a holiday so gracious was their prose. Dunne has done (no pun intended) what many other broke Celtic Tiger era Irish 'entrepreneurs' have done when their house of cards empires collapsed.

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  • Has Ireland forgotten its abused children already?

    Ireland is up to its eyeballs of late with talk of the sickening notion of national bankruptcy and the prospect of draconian social cuts in the upcoming national budget. Ireland now has to pay back all of the cash the government borrowed to bail out Irish banks; money borrowed without the populations approval, which will have to be repaid plus interest on the backs of that same voiceless population. One would think that in a country where everything is done by referendum, that the ordinary person would have a say in the borrowing and the expenditure of sums of money that endanger it's very sovereignty.

    Lost in the confusion is the action plan for taking care of the nation's children against Ireland's dark background of abuse. Over Euro 150,000,000 has been spent (perhaps more), not as you might expect on abuse prevention, but on reports to tell us about a sampling of the abuse that has occurred.

    Just today 'the Roscommon Report' was released which recounted the horrors of

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  • Appreciate life. Today

    Some day, perhaps soon, our lives will change dramatically. This is a guarantee. To quote an old adage; 'it's not if, but when.' For many it already has.

    Our lives are filled with familiar surroundings which, for the most part, we take for granted; people, places, things. Of these most will never change; our religious centers; our banks; schools; where we shop; sports arenas, natural areas, will all be more or less the same throughout our lifetimes. Where we played as children we may well sit and contemplate memories in later years.

    Our most important life treasures are often the most under-acknowledged; the people who surround us. They are the most fragile and delicate in terms of relationships and longevity. They can be quite literally, here today, gone tomorrow.

    People die. We all do. Who, when, where is unknown. It will happen. Some day we too will exist only in someone's memory. Tomorrow? Next week? Next year? What we leave behind is up to us. We can start by

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