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Press Releases 2010-2011

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Dec, 2011
Childline received 1,387 calls, texts, and messages from children and young people on Christmas Day
Childline, the ISPCC’s listening service for all young people in Ireland was busy on Christmas Day. Eighty-five ISPCC volunteers from across Ireland who gave freely of their time throughout 2011 once again listened, and offered support to hundreds of children who needed to talk on Christmas Day.
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Dec, 2011
ISPCC welcomes recommendations to improve Facebook privacy and reiterates call for vigilance with online safety
As Facebook agrees to make changes to its privacy policy as recommended by a report from the Data Protection Commissioner’s office, the ISPCC reiterates the call for vigilance among young people and their parents in relation to sharing private information online.
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20
Dec, 2011
ISPCC responds to the publication of the Cloyne Report and expresses anger at the ongoing failure to protect our children
The ISPCC has responded to the publication in full of the Cloyne Report. The report investigates how allegations of child sex abuse by priests in the Diocese of Cloyne were dealt with by the State and church authorities.
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08
Dec, 2011
Every child has the right to sleep in peace this Christmas: ISPCC appeals to the public for suppor
Today the ISPCC is appealing for public donations to help ensure that they are here for the thousands of vulnerable children who will contact Childline 24 hours a day all over the Christmas period. Through the vivid depiction of a vulnerable child’s story at Christmas in a new radio ad and the expectation of over 1,000 contacts to Childline on Christmas Day alone, the charity is calling on the public for support.
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Dec, 2011
ISPCC pays tribute to their 600 volunteers providing much needed services to children
Today, the 5th December, marks International Volunteer Day. This day highlights that volunteering makes a big difference to organizations like the ISPCC.
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21
Nov, 2011
Saoirse Ronan and Jamie Heaslip use their heads for the ISPCC
Monday, 21st November 2011:  ISPCC Ambassador Oscar Nominated Actress Saoirse Ronan and Leinster and International Rugby Star Jamie Heaslip took time out of their busy schedules today to join Elverys Sports and the ISPCC to launch the sale of ISPCC beanie hats in Elverys Sports stores this Christmas.
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28
Oct, 2011
ISPCC reminds the public that Halloween is just another scary day for many children
This week, through a vivid and frightening radio ad, the ISPCC is reminding people that everyday in Ireland, there are children experiencing abuse of many kinds in their homes. For the ISPCC, the Halloween period highlights that while lots of children and young people are out having fun, so many others are suffering, and for them, Halloween is just another day. During the Halloween period last year, Childline received close to 19,000 calls to the listening service from young people seeking support on a range of different issues affecting them.
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Oct, 2011
The ISPCC responds to today’s announcement by the Minister for Children regarding the establishment of the 116 000 Missing Children Hotline
Today the Society cautiously welcomes the announcement of the establishment of a new project team whose role will be to examine how to operate the 116 000 hotline. The ISPCC have campaigned for the establishment of this missing children’s hotline for a number of years and wish to acknowledge the work of Senator Jillian van Turnhout who initiated today’s motion.
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11
Oct, 2011
ISPCC reveals disturbing findings about young people’s complacent use of the internet and calls for immediate action to ensure their safety
Today the ISPCC launches its 2nd annual National Children’s Consultation report “This will come back and bite us in the butt”.  The Consultation represents a rare and diverse attempt to study a large population of young people’s views and experiences in relation to a wide range of issues. Following last years survey “If they’re getting loaded why can’t I?” the ISPCC has carried out a survey on young people’s attitude towards and experience of the internet, yielding some shocking results.
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23
Sep, 2011
ISPCC responds to The Advertising Standards Authority of Ireland
The Advertising Standards Authority of Ireland (ASAI) recommended today that the ISPCC’s ‘I Can’t Wait Until I Grow Up’ campaign video should no longer appear in its current format, stating that it contravenes Sections 2.16 and 2.17 of the Code which concern gender equality.

The ISPCC is taken aback at the decision made by the Complaints Committee of the ASAI.
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21
Sep, 2011
ISPCC addresses Joint Committee on key points for Vetting Bill
Today the ISPCC addressed the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality on the subject of the proposed National Vetting Bureau Bill. This Draft Bill will allow for the sharing of soft information and legislate for the vetting of individuals working with children and vulnerable adults.
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20
Sep, 2011
Staff and Customers of Elverys Sports raise a fantastic €40,000 for the ISPCC
Today, Elverys Sports celebrated the success of raising a fantastic €40,000 for the ISPCC, Elverys Sports official Charity of Choice.  The figure comes from the sale of a stylish gym bag for €2 sold in all Elverys Sports stores in recent months.
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22
Aug, 2011
‘ONE STEP AT A TIME’ for the ISPCC
On Monday, August 22nd Simon Baker will take on a massive challenge in aid of the ISPCC.  Simon is a below the knee amputee and he will walk on crutches without the aid of his prosthetic leg from Dublin to Limerick to show his support for the young people who access ISPCC services every day.  He will walk a gruelling 240 KM over 5 days and will arrive to a huge homecoming with a BBQ and entertainment on Saturday 27th August at the Locke Bar in Limerick City.
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08
Aug, 2011
ISPCC launches Anti-Bullying Awareness Campaign
Today (August 8th) the ISPCC launches an anti-bullying awareness campaign highlighting the effect that bullying can have on young peoples’ lives; their self-esteem, their mental health and their sense of belonging. The campaign is the vision of Westlife’s Mark Feehily and a number of well known ISPCC ambassadors (Jedward, Saoirse Ronan, Louis Walsh, Laura Whitmore) along with Mark agreed to support the campaign by being photographed as victims of bullying.
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19
Jul, 2011
Donegal case highlights the danger of failure to observe child protection measures
Today the ISPCC expressed shock and concern at a case in Donegal where a man previously convicted of sexual assault in a school was then re-employed in the same school and went on to perpetrate repeated sexual abuse and victimisation of a number of boys. That this man was able to continue working in the community in direct contact with children calls to question the general adherence to best practice for the safety and protection of children.
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14
Jul, 2011
Kilkenny City Dash for Cash raises €6,000 for ISPCC: A Runaway Success
The inaugural Taxback.com 10K Kilkenny Run took place on Saturday 9th July with over 240 people walking, running and jogging to raise over €6,000 for the ISPCC, Ireland’s leading independent children’s charity.  There were some exceptional running performances on the day and every single person who took part helped to make the event a great success.
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15
Jul, 2011
ISPCC Welcomes the Publication of the Revised Children First National Guidance
The ISPCC today welcomed the publication of the revised Children First: A National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children. This publication marks a huge step in the development of a more robust child protection system in Ireland.
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13
Jul, 2011
ISPCC expresses dismay over the findings of Cloyne Report and welcomes positive comments from Government
Today the ISPCC expressed dismay, as the report was launched on how allegations of child abuse by priests in the Catholic archdiocese of Cloyne were dealt with by the State and Church authorities from 1996-2009. The ISPCC is greatly concerned that yet another report into child abuse has been published, illustrating an agenda of concealment and the continued abuse of children.
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23
Jun, 2011
NSPCC and ISPCC welcome cross-border working on child protection
The NSPCC and ISPCC have welcomed the formal publication of a cross border child protection communiqué, setting out the key government principles for North-South cooperation on safeguarding children.
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Jun, 2011
Big Blue Squid to Support the ISPCC
Big Blue Squid today proudly launched a partnership with the ISPCC, Ireland’s leading independent children’s charity.  Big Blue Squid is a company providing training and outsourcing for social media management to medium and large companies.  The partnership will raise vital funds for the ISPCC enabling the charity to reach out to and support thousands of Irish children currently facing adversity in their lives.
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