Children First Bill 2014: Report and Final Stages

Seanad Eireann 21/10/2015 Senator Jillian van Turnhout

I would also like to point to an excellent book for any parents who are anxious, developed by a leading advocate in this area, Paul Gilligan. His book, Raising Emotionally Healthy Children, is a great resource which provides much advice and support.

By abolishing the defence of reasonable chastisement, we are giving life to the children’s amendment in our Constitution, Article 42A.1, which states: “The State recognises and affirms the natural and imprescriptible rights of all children and shall, as far as practicable, by its laws protect and vindicate those rights.” We know that corporal punishment can cause serious harm to children, teaches them that violence is an acceptable way of solving conflicts and is ineffective as a means of discipline. We know there are positive ways to teach, correct or discipline children which are better for the child’s development and health. Corporal punishment makes it more difficult to protect children from severe abuse if some forms of violence are legitimate. With this amendment, we are ensuring that all citizens are equal in the eyes of the law.

Paul Gilligan – Today with Sean O’Rourke 11/08/2015





Building a child that can cope with life

There’s so much advice around parenting these days that it feels like you need a Phd. Ailin Quinlan cut to the chase and got tips from one of the country’s foremost experts in children and mental health. Clinical psychologist Paul Gilligan has written a book for parents on how to raise one.

EVERY parent yearns for an emotionally healthy child.

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