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STATE OF THE NATIONS CHILD: IRELAND 2006Towards a better understanding of children’s livesAnne-Marie Brooks28th June 2007


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BACKGROUND (1)

  • Commitment given in the National Children’s Strategy

  • Compiled by the Research Division, Office of the Minister for Children in association with:

    • The Central Statistics Office

    • The Statistics Division of the Department of Health and Children

    • The Health Promotion Unit, National University of Galway, Ireland

  • Range of reviewers of single indicators from policy, research and service provider areas


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    BACKGROUND (2)

    • A background review of indicators sets in use elsewhere and the compilation of an inventory of key indicators, domains and indicator selection criteria;

    • A feasibility study of the availability of national statistics to construct the indicators identified in the previous step;

    • A study on Children’s Understandings of Well-Being; and

    • A consensus process referred to as a Delphi technique, where participants on ‘a panel of expertise’ agreed indicators for use in the Irish context.


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    PRINCIPLES

    • Go beyond basic survival in its representation of well-being

    • Focus on positive as well as negative aspects of children’s lives

    • Take account of the experience of childhood in itself

    • Include some of the new domains of child well-being


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    SELECTION CRITERIA

    • Comprehensive coverage

    • Children of all ages

    • Clear and comprehensible

    • Positive outcomes

    • Forward-looking

    • Rigorous methods

    • Geographically detailed

    • Cost-efficient

    • Reflective of social goals


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    AIM OF THE REPORT

    • Describes the lives of children in Ireland

    • Tracks changes over time

    • Benchmarks progress in Ireland relative to other countries


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    STRUCTURE OF THE REPORT (1)

    • Executive Summary

    • Introduction

    • Section 1: Socio-demographics

    • Section 2: Children’s relationships: -Parental relationships

      - Peers relationships

    • Section 3: Children’s outcomes:

      - Education

      - Health

      - Social, emotional and behavioural

    • Section 4: Formal and informal supports

    • Index


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    STRUCTURE OF THE REPORT (2)

    • Context

    • Significance

    • Findings: description according to:

      • gender,

      • Age,

      • Geography,

      • Social class,

      • International comparisons

  • Technical notes

  • Access further information



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    STATE OF THE NATIONS CHILD Socio-Demographics

    • % population under 18 years:

      25% in 2005

    • % children in lone parent families:

      14% in 2004

    • Infant mortality rate:

      4.8 per 1,000 in 2004

    • Child mortality rate:

      4.6 per 10,000 in 2004


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    STATE OF THE NATIONS CHILD Children’s Relationships


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    STATE OF THE NATIONS CHILD Children’s Health Outcomes

    • 5.4% babies born at low birth weight (2003)

    • Breastfeeding initation rates of 44.5% (2003)

    • Youth suicide accounted for 22% of all deaths in the 10-17 year age group (2004)

    • 1,425 substantiated notifications to the Child Protection Notification System (2004)


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    STATE OF THE NATIONS CHILD Children’s Educational Outcomes

    10% children absent from school from primary school for 20 days or more


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    STATE OF THE NATIONS CHILD Children’s Social, Emotional and Behavioural Outcomes


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    STATE OF THE NATIONS CHILD Children’s Social, Emotional and Behavioural Outcomes


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    STATE OF THE NATIONS CHILD Formal and Informal Support

    • 22.4% of children under 18 at risk of poverty (2004)

    • 17,517 children 7-17 years referred to Garda Juvenile Liaison Programme (2005)

    • 5,060 children and young people in the care of the Health Services Executive (2004)


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    STATE OF THE NATIONS CHILD

    KEY CONSIDERATIONS


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    STATE OF THE NATIONS CHILDKey Considerations

    • Indicators need to be available over time;

    • International comparisons are needed;

    • Information on subgroups is needed;

    • Information on local services is needed;

    • Regional-specific data are crucial; and

    • A high level of disaggregation is needed.


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    WELL-BEING INDICATORSIndicators need to be available over time

    Decrease in infant mortality rate:

    4.8 per 1,000 in 2004

    6.3 per 1,000 in 2000


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    WELL-BEING INDICATORSInternational Comparisons are needed

    Eg: infant mortality rate:

    Ireland:

    4.8 per 1,000 in 2004

    6.3 per 1,000 in 2000

    Sweden:

    3.1 per 1,000 in 2004

    EU-25:

    4.0 per 1,000 in 2004


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    WELL-BEING INDICATORSInformation on sub-groups is needed

    Eg: SIDS infant mortality rate:

    Irish children:

    0.7 per 1,000 in 2002

    Traveller children:

    8.8 per 1,000 in 2002


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    WELL-BEING INDICATORSInformation on services in needed

    • 22,335 households with children needing social housing. This represents a decrease of 24% since 2002 (2005)

    • 17,517 children 7-17 years referred to Garda Juvenile Liaison Programme (20% as a result of alcohol related offences) (2005)

    • In April 2006, 1,761 children were known to be on a hospital waiting list for treatment. 40% of these children were on the hospital waiting list for 3-6 months and 26% for one year or more.


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    WELL-BEING INDICATORSRegional-specific data are crucial

    • Public health nursing home visit within 48 hours for newborn babies ranged from 59% in ERHA to 95.5% in WHB (2004 data)



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    STATE OF THE NATIONS CHILDNext Steps

    • State of the Nations Child Report 2008

    • Investment in new, and improvement of existing data sources

    • National Data Strategy for Children


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    Office of the Minister for Children

    Department of Health and Children

    Hawkins House

    Dublin 2

    Phone: (01) 635 4000

    [email protected]

    State of the Nations Child Report 2006

    can be downloaded from:

    www.omc.gov.ie


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