Danny Talbot, the teenager who died at the age of  19 while in the care of the State. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

If Danny Talbot were growing up in care today, could the same appalling pattern of failure happen again? If we are to rely on the word of those in cha(...)

Chairwoman of the National Review Panel Dr Helen Buckley with Paul Harrison at the launch of the report. Photograph: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

The Child and Family Agency has apologised for failing to meet the needs of a vulnerable teenager in State care, who died despite being in desperat(...)

Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald said the new law aims to make best safeguarding practice the “cultural norm” for anyone working with children. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The publication of the long-awaited Children First Bill was broadly welcomed today but some campaign groups and opposition members voiced conce(...)

Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald said the report had political implications on how matters should be inquired into in the future.Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

There is “recommendation fatigue” following a succession of inquiries relating to child protection issues, a new study has found. Research by T(...)

Most of the children or young people were living with families who were known to child protection services. A small number were either in the care system or in after-care.

An independent review into the deaths of 23 children who were in contact with HSE social services last year has raised concern over the impact of heav(...)

Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald with Gordon Jeyes. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The opaqueness of childcare proceedings in the District Court which are bound, with very few exceptions, by the in camera rule has elicited a lot of p(...)