Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Tuesday, 11 June 2019
Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs
Impact of Homelessness on Children: Discussion
-----of children being in homelessness. I am delighted that Deputy Rabbitte articulated that seriousness so well. I share her views and join with her in those comments. I thank the witnesses for the work they do. Mention was made of developmental goals. They were touched on briefly at the end of the last comment. I made a note to come back in on that point. Children in this situation are not reaching their milestones at the same stage as children who are in homes in the true sense of that word. Are there professionals in Focus Ireland, or other organisations, who assess those milestones and keep an eye on the developmental goals that could impact on those children? All parents want their children to reach their developmental goals. We often hear about children who are ahead of those goals. I refer to my niece being so advanced whenever I talk about her, jokingly in a way. Everyone, however, wants to see that children are progressing and that this period of homelessness will not impact on them throughout their lives.