The Children’s Rights Alliance has today published its Report Card 2018 to highlight the key issues affecting Donegal children.

A spokesman said: "Report Card 2018 scrutinises the Government’s performance each year against commitments made to children in the Programme for Government.

"The Government has been awarded an overall C- grade.

"Child and Family Homelessness received the lowest grade due to an unprecedented 3,333 children experiencing homelessness in 2017.

"Despite the publication of the Youth Mental Health Taskforce Report, mental health once again got a low grade, D+, due to the 6,811 children on waiting lists for vital community mental health supports.

"A D+ grade was also awarded for commitments to Traveller and Roma Children: according to the report, Traveller children leave school on average five years earlier than their settled peers and are nearly four times more likely to die in infancy.

"The Children’s Rights Alliance’s annual Report Card is graded by an independent panel of experts, chaired by former Supreme Court judge, Mrs Justice Catherine McGuinness.

"The 2018 report gives the Government an overall C- grade in relation to progress on its commitments to children. This is an increase on last year’s D+ grade."

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