A case in which the Child and Family Agency is seeking to keep a baby boy from the care of his parents has heard the HSE sought “the nuclear option” of a care order within days of the child’s premature birth.
Wed, 29 Jan, 2014
The number of times children are taken into care under the Section 12 mechanism — used by gardaí in the case of the two Roma children earlier this year — has fallen in 2013.
Fri, 20 Dec, 2013
Children’s Ombudsman Emily Logan has been given special powers to investigate gardaí involved in the removal of two children from Roma families in recent days.
Sat, 26 Oct, 2013
Child protection cases in the district court often end up as a battle between the HSE and the family, according to new research.
The head of the HSE’s Children and Family Services has indicated that some information heard in court resulting in a Roma girl being taken into care on Monday may be made available to an investigation by the Children’s Ombudsman.
The majority of historic child abuse complaints a leading charity forwards to the HSE are not investigated — despite the fact the attackers may still be a danger to the public.
Fri, 04 Oct, 2013
The board of the Child and Family Support Agency will demand more funds from the Government if a review of social worker caseloads due in the autumn indicates a shortage of resources.
Wed, 24 Jul, 2013
Taoiseach Enda Kenny hass promised whatever measures necessary to stamp out the activities of children being abused in creches as exposed on 'PrimeTime' last night.
Wed, 29 May, 2013
Fianna Fáil is accusing the Children's Minister, Frances Fitzgerald, of putting children at risk by delaying the publication of two key pieces of childcare legislation.
Mon, 27 May, 2013
Frances Fitzgerald, the children’s minister, will today launch a new advocacy service for children in care amid calls for an overhaul of the guardian ad litem service in the courts.
Tue, 07 May, 2013
The number of children and teenagers who died of unnatural causes while in the care of the HSE more than doubled last year.
Thu, 21 Mar, 2013
Children’s charity chief Fergus Finlay says he is more scared than ever about the number of youngsters at risk in Ireland.
Fri, 01 Mar, 2013
Children identified as being in unsuitable foster placements have been removed from those families following the publication of a critical report last week, the children’s minister has confirmed.
Thu, 28 Feb, 2013
A pledge to introduce free GP care and universal health insurance by 2016 are among several old promises reiterated yesterday in the Government’s blueprint for radical health service reform.
Fri, 16 Nov, 2012
Barnardos said next month’s budget needs to mark the end of stringent cuts and the beginning of investment in vulnerable families.
Thu, 15 Nov, 2012
Amending Ireland's constitution to protect children's rights is the first step in moving away from the past failures of the nation, leading charities have claimed.
Sun, 11 Nov, 2012
The HSE pays approximately €18m a year on legal representation in cases involving children, a sum its national director of children and family services has said may be unnecessary.
Fri, 27 Jul, 2012
New national standards for the protection and welfare of children include annual staff appraisals and safeguards for whistleblowers in what the Government called a “radical step forward”.
Thu, 26 Jul, 2012
The new Child and Family Agency to be set up next year will incorporate a range of services, including public health nurses and truancy officers, although its budget has yet to be decided.
Sat, 21 Jul, 2012
A new report will provide the foundation for a “revolution in child protection and family services”, Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald said today.
Fri, 20 Jul, 2012
A report from the Task Force on the Child and Family Support Agency will be launched later this morning.
Care workers and HSE staff who “blatantly” failed vulnerable young children under their care could face criminal charges.
Fri, 22 Jun, 2012
The Government’s new Child and Family Support Agency should not hire any new social workers until it ensures all of its social workers are being properly supervised by more senior staff, according to the chief executive of Barnardos.
A radical root-and-branch reform of the child protection system in Ireland has been recommended in a damning inquiry in to child deaths in care.
Wed, 20 Jun, 2012
The Government had one good day last week.
Mon, 30 Apr, 2012
More cases of child neglect are being referred to the country’s care services, said the Minister for Children, Frances Fitzgerald, yesterday as she outlined plans for a standalone referendum on children’s rights later this year.
Fri, 17 Feb, 2012
THE report into the deaths of children known to social services will be published before Christmas, Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald said yesterday.
Thu, 27 Oct, 2011
A STATE group tasked with overseeing child protection in Ireland has been set up — a year after former HSE chief executive Prof Brendan Drumm said the health service should not have responsibility for the sector.
Sat, 24 Sep, 2011
IRELAND needs up to 2,000 additional social workers to bring child protection services up to the same standard as in the North, social justice campaigner Fr Peter McVerry has said.
Thu, 04 Aug, 2011
THE HSE was last night accused of failing to shore up foster care services in parts of Dublin after a report showed that almost all relative foster carers had not been assessed.
Sat, 02 Jul, 2011
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