|‘It takes a family to raise a child and failing that, a village to protect them’
The 2008 Annual Report of the Officer of the Children’s Commissioner provides for some alarming reading.
The report shows that since 2000 more than 350 children whose safety or welfare had been brought to the attention of Child Youth and Family have died. 86 in the last year alone. Not all of these deaths were due to abuse or neglect, some died of natural causes, some in accidents, some for medical reasons and some chose tragically to take their own lives. Another very concerning fact is that most children who die as a result of homicide or deliberate violence are aged under the age of five, and are unknown to CYF officials.