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NI children's charity helps eight babies

A total of 257 families used Depaul services in Northern Ireland (up 19%), with the report adding drug addiction is getting worse. File image posed
A total of 257 families used Depaul services in Northern Ireland (up 19%), with the report adding drug addiction is getting worse. File image posed
Allan Preston

By Allan Preston

A charity has said it stepped in to help eight babies born homeless in Northern Ireland last year.

In its annual report, Depaul also said it helped 522 children, an increase of 42%.

A total of 257 families used Depaul services in Northern Ireland (up 19%), with the report adding drug addiction is getting worse.

This included responding to 31 cases of a suspected overdose and preventing the death of nine people by administering the life-saving antidote Naloxone.

Depaul chief executive David Carroll said it had been "really tough" to see eight children born into homelessness.

"The uncertainty and stigma that comes with being homeless can do huge damage to a child's well-being and future," he said.

"We have seen a big increase in the amount of children and families we are helping."

Depaul's NI director of services, Deirdre Canavan, said the charity was dealing with an "alarming trend" of drug abuse.

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