Court system inadequately resourced to deal with child protection cases - Report

Director of the report, Dr Carol Coulter.

Our court system is inadequately resourced to deal with serious child protection cases, according to the Child Care Law Reporting Project.

It has also found a lack of co-operation between social workers and Gardaí and not enough child specialist interviewers for complex cases.

The issues have led to delays in cases, court adjournments and inadequate investigation of allegations.

Director of the report, Dr Carol Coulter says the lack of resources add to the trauma for children involved.

She said: "If we had the right kind of system they would be interviewed by highly trained specialists in multi-disciplinary units involving both law enforcement - who could if necessary pursue criminal investigations if needed - and also social workers, therapists and so on who could provide the child with the support they need."

- Digital Desk

More in this Section

BAI not qualified to regulate social media, says data compliance chief

Two men arrested after handguns and ammunition seized in west Dublin

Government urged to include border vote in national risk report

'Respected and loved by all': Tributes paid to councillor Manus Kelly after Donegal Rally crash


Lifestyle

Capturing the castle: Johnstown Castle in County Wexford is well worth checking out

How nature can work wonders for body and soul

Making Cents: Consumer guide to entering PcP car loan contracts

Podcast Corner: An introduction to podcasts

More From The Irish Examiner