145 complaints from Cork made to the Ombudsman for Children’s Office
145 complaints from Cork were made to the Ombudsman for Children’s Office last year.
The OCO deals with complaints about services for children and is an alternative to court for those who aren’t happy with responses they have received from government departments and public services.
Their annual report found that nationally there were over 1,800 complaints with education was once again the most complained about issue with bullying, expulsion or suspension, and special education resources featuring in many of the complaints.
The report also revealed that the work of the Office on many issues shows Ireland is starting to fall behind on children’s rights with other major reports raising concerns about the standard of living and child poverty issues, mental health services for children in Ireland, the lack of inclusive school places for all children, and the State’s failure to integrate children’s rights into legislation.
The Ombudsman for Children, Dr Niall Muldoon is calling for the total reformation of the country’s child and Adolescent Mental Health Services with figures at the end of last month showing that Cork and Kerry the number of children waiting for treatment stood at 343 with some of those children waiting over 12 months for an appointment.