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Many children 'missing out' on basic necessities

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 13/09/2011. Many children 'missing out' on basic necessitiesTags: Family And Leisure

A large number of children in Ireland are going without a number of basic necessities, according to a new report that has revealed the extent of poverty in the country.

The study, which was conducted by the Children's Research Centre at Trinity College Dublin in association with Barnados and the Society of St Vincent de Paul, identified a list of 12 items cited by youngsters as being essential.

These ranged from three balanced meals a day and suitable seasonal clothing to an annual holiday and family days out.

On this index, 30.5 per cent of children reported they had not had access to at least one of the 12 items, with this rising to 42 per cent among households classed as deprived.

Chief executive of Barnados Fergus Finlay said the study showed children have different perceptions of deprivation to adults and it is "vital" their voices are heard.

"If we don't hear what they say about their experiences of poverty, then we can't find ways to limit the impact of poverty on young lives," he added.

Barnados has over 40 community centres in Ireland working with vulnerable young people and their families.

Written by Donal Walsh


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