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Prevalence, Abuse & Exploitation of Street Children

In the first decade of the 21st Century                                               

Republic of Ireland

Ireland is a small, modern, trade-dependent economy. GDP growth averaged 6% in 1995-2007, but economic activity dropped sharply in 2008 and Ireland entered into a recession for the first time in more than a decade with the onset of the world financial crisis and subsequent severe slowdown in the property and construction markets. Agriculture, once the most important sector, is now dwarfed by industry and services.

Per capita GDP also surged during Ireland's high-growth years, and in 2007 surpassed that of the United States. The Irish Government has implemented a series of national economic programs designed to curb price and wage inflation, invest in infrastructure, increase labor force skills, and promote foreign investment.  [The World Factbook, U.S.C.I.A. 2009]

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CAUTION:  The following links and accompanying text have been culled from the web to illuminate the situation in Ireland.  Some of these links may lead to websites that present allegations that are unsubstantiated or even false.  No attempt has been made to validate their authenticity or to verify their content.



If you are looking for material to use in a term-paper, you are advised to scan the postings on this page and others to see which aspect(s) of street life are of particular interest to you.  You might be interested in exploring how children got there, how they survive, and how some manage to leave the street.  Perhaps your paper could focus on how some street children abuse the public and how they are abused by the public … and how they abuse each other.  Would you like to write about market children? homeless children?  Sexual and labor exploitation? begging? violence? addiction? hunger? neglect? etc.  There is a lot to the subject of Street Children.  Scan other countries as well as this one.  Draw comparisons between activity in adjacent countries and/or regions.  Meanwhile, check out some of the Term-Paper resources that are available on-line.


Check out some of the Resources for Teachers attached to this website.


Child begging a significant problem

Kilian Doyle, The Irish Times News, 30 Nov 2006


[accessed 1 June 2011]

[accessed 18 December 2016]

According to a study by the Leanbh programme of the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC), there were 756 sightings of children begging in the past 12 months, a drop of 3.4 per cent over the incidences recorded in the previous year.

Leanbh said today it is also seriously concerned at the number of children from immigrant communities who have gone missing. It says it has worked with a number of children who have been trafficked into Ireland from other countries.


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Runaways - Where To Turn For Help Before You Are Homeless

Rebeccas Community -- This is for anyone aged up to 13 years old who is thinking about running away

[accessed 1 June 2011]

Here are the best phone numbers to call …They are Confidential - which means they won't tell anyone about your call unless you want them to talk to somebody for you, or you are in danger.  They are open 24 Hours - it doesn't matter what time you call.  In Ireland, call 1-800-666-666

Human Rights Reports » 2005 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

U.S. Dept of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, March 8, 2006

[accessed 9 February 2020]

CHILDREN - The government was strongly committed to children's rights and welfare; it amply funded systems of public education and health care. Education is free and compulsory for children from age 6 to 15. The Department of Education reported that approximately 99 percent of children between the ages of 5 and 16 attended school. Most children completed secondary education.

Concluding Observations of the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) [DOC]

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, 29 September 2006$FILE/G0645074.doc

[accessed 14 February 2011]

[16] The Committee notes the progress made in the collection of statistical data, in particular through the research functions of NCO within the National Children’s Strategy, and notes with appreciation the commissioned National Longitudinal Study on Children which will explore the lives of children in Ireland. The Committee also notes with appreciation the information provided by the State party in its written replies and the references to a new National Data Strategy (CRC/C/IRL/Q/2/Add.1). However, the Committee remains concerned that there is a lack of systematic and comprehensive data on children, disaggregated by age, sex, ethnicity, and rural and urban areas, which would enable the analysis of the situation of particularly vulnerable children in Ireland, including victims of abuse, neglect or ill-treatment; street children; children with disabilities; and children in institutional care.

[58] The Committee welcomes the State party’s efforts to develop and strengthen the legal and policy framework for the right to education. The Committee is, however, concerned that the “de facto” cost of education and materials in public primary schools is in some instances the responsibility of parents; the views and specific needs of children are not always adequately taken into account; and that particularly high dropout rates exist among children belonging to the Traveller community and children with disabilities.

Concluding Observations of the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC)

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, 23 January 1998

[accessed 28 February 2011]

[21] While acknowledging the existence of a National Anti-Poverty Strategy, the Committee is particularly concerned about the incidence of child poverty and homeless children in the State party and encourages it to strengthen measures and programs for the protection of the rights of the most vulnerable children.

[22] The Committee is concerned about the situation of children who are excluded from schools because of sanctions imposed by teachers and the adverse effect generated which may sometimes impact on drop-out rates and school attendance.

Leanbh - Protecting Begging Children

The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children ISPCC Services

At one time this article had been archived and may possibly still be accessible [here]

[accessed 24 September 2011]

THE DANGERS OF BEGGING - · Children who are abandoned to beg or forced to beg with parents (sometimes from early infancy) represent a clear-cut child protection issue Such children are often deprived of their constitutional right to education.  They are exploited, demeaned and have their human dignity assaulted.  They are out in all kinds of weather placing their health, physical, emotional and psychological development at risk.

Clampdown On Parents Of Child Beggars

Niall Murray, The Irish Examiner, July 21, 2001

[accessed 1 June 2011]

[accessed 18 December 2016]

A CLAMPDOWN on child begging will help tackle the growing number of foreign nationals asking for money on the streets.

Number of child beggars falls by 37%

Paul O’Brien, The Irish Examiner, December 09, 2004

[accessed 1 June 2011]

THE number of sightings of children begging has fallen significantly, a report to be published today says.  Some 973 sightings were reporting to gardaí, health boards and child welfare groups in the 12-month period to October.  In contrast, 1,556 sightings were reported in the same period in 2002/2003 - a difference of 37%.

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