The separated children project was run by the Ombudsman for Children’s Office. The project involved the participation of 35 separated children living in the Dublin area.
Separated children are defined by the separated children in Europe Programme as “children under 18 years of age who are outside their country of origin and separated from both parents, or previous/legal customary primary care giver”.
The project ran from January 2009 to October 2009 and the young people worked on the project intensively during their summer holidays. The aim of the project was to better understand the lives and level of care afforded to separated children in Ireland by hearing directly from them. There are three principal outputs from the project: a guidebook compiled by the young people, a story book setting out their stories and a project report. For copies of the other two publications, please contact the Ombudsman for Children’s Office.
The Ombudsman for Children’s Office wishes to say thank you to all the young people who took part in the project.
"Our skin was on fire"
Below is an extract from the CD which tells the young people's stories in their own words, using images of them creating the artwork for Dublin Your City/Our City. Email email@example.com to avail of a free copy of the CD and all of the publications.
We invited children and young people on the project to tell their stories. Some of them wrote their own stories. Others chose to work with a writer who penned their words with them. The video below is an extract from the soundscapes of spoken excerpts contained in this book.