File:Report Card 2010
This is the second edition of our annual report card series. Report Card 2009 provided a snapshot of childhood in 2008 and examined whether the Government had honoured the promises it had made to the 1,036,034 children living in Ireland.Last year, we awarded Government an overall ‘D’ average grade.This year, matters are worse, with Government slipping to the bottom of that grade: to a ‘D-’. In Report Card 2010 the Alliance continues its analysis of key Government commitments in the specific areas of education, health, material wellbeing, and safeguarding childhood. A new policy area has been added to the ‘Safeguarding Childhood’ section focusing on four aspects of the response to the Ryan Report; these have been awarded their own grade, indicating the distinct challenges of each.This year, the Alliance has added a new dimension to Report Card 2010 by including a ‘Local Eye’ to each broad section. Its purpose is to highlight the ways in which the Government’s commitments have a direct effect on the daily lives of children. Other local or regional news stories, collated from a range of national and local papers, are listed as footnotes throughout the report.