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


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


  • 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.


    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


    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


    AIM OF THE REPORT

    • Describes the lives of children in Ireland

    • Tracks changes over time

    • Benchmarks progress in Ireland relative to other countries


    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


    STRUCTURE OF THE REPORT (2)

    • Context

    • Significance

    • Findings: description according to:

      • gender,

      • Age,

      • Geography,

      • Social class,

      • International comparisons

  • Technical notes

  • Access further information


  • STATE OF THE NATIONS CHILD

    KEY FINDINGS


    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


    STATE OF THE NATIONS CHILD Children’s Relationships


    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)


    STATE OF THE NATIONS CHILD Children’s Educational Outcomes

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


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


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


    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)


    STATE OF THE NATIONS CHILD

    KEY CONSIDERATIONS


    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.


    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


    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


    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


    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.


    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)


    STATE OF THE NATIONS CHILD

    NEXT STEPS


    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


    Office of the Minister for Children

    Department of Health and Children

    Hawkins House

    Dublin 2

    Phone: (01) 635 4000

    Anne-Marie.Brooks@health.gov.ie

    State of the Nations Child Report 2006

    can be downloaded from:

    www.omc.gov.ie


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