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The recent case of the horrific abuse inflicted on a ten month old baby, highlights the fact that abuse is not just an historical event but a current issue that needs to be addressed if we are to ensure that children are protected.
Through its support line  the ISPCC is aware that often members of the public are unsure of what to do if they are concerned about a child. Caroline O’Sullivan of the ISPCC today said; “We hear from people worried about children in their extended families, or in their local communities, and very often they are unsure about who to turn to, or who to talk to about these concerns.”
Children First: National Guidance on the Protection and Welfare of Children states that any potential risk or grounds for concern about the safety of a child should be reported to the HSE Children and Family services. Members of the public should contact the Duty Social Worker in their area to discuss any concerns they may have.
Ms O’Sullivan continues: “In society we all have a duty of care to children; children must come first. Historically, Ireland has failed to protect many vulnerable children from abuse and neglect. We must now develop as a society that does not tolerate the abuse of children and takes action when required to ensure their protection.”
For more information, or to discuss any concerns, please contact the ISPCC on 01 676 7960.
 The ISPCC runs a Support line for members of the public who may be concerned about the welfare of a child and who need more information and support. This service is available Monday – Friday 9am-5pm.
For further information please contact:
Caroline Kingston – Communications Co-ordinator 01 676 7960
Caroline O’Sullivan – Director of Services 087 691 4399
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