Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr James Reilly has launched a new resource designed to help children and young people going into care.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A new resource designed to help children and young people going into care was launched today by Minister for Children Dr James Reilly. The material, a(...)

The Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry, chaired by Sir Anthony Hart (centre) and assisted by panel members Geraldine Doherty and David Lane, commenced its public hearings last January. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

The transport of children to Australia will be the focus of the Northern Ireland Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry when it resumes its public hea(...)

Child and Family Agency chair Norah Gibbons said mother-and-baby homes were “known about”, the institutions were “accepted” and victims bore the consequences. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

The Government’s commission of investigation into mother-and-baby homes must have “clear terms of reference”, Tusla – Child and Family Agency chairwom(...)

Children must be protected. And now we have moved from a ritual dance of shock and dismay to concerted action. Photograph: Eric Luke

Since 1980, we have had 29 major inquiries and reviews on child protection failings in Ireland. Each was motivated by the desire to get to the wider t(...)

The new Child and Family Agency’s chairwoman Norah Gibbons has said she is concerned about children being brought up in the housing system for asylum seekers.

The new Child and Family Agency’s chairwoman has said she is concerned about children being brought up in the housing system for asylum seekers.The sy(...)

 Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald promised the necessary enabling legislation for the the Child and Family Support Agency would be published late last year but it never appeared. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

From the Kilkenny incest case in 1993 to last year’s report into the death of almost 200 children in care, successive scandals have demonstrated the f(...)

Norah Gibbons previously chaired the Roscommon Child Abuse Inquiry and co-chaired the Independent Child Death Review

Former Barnardos director of advocacy Norah Gibbons has been appointed as the first chairwoman of the board of the new Child and Family Agency. (...)

Carol Coulter and Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald  at the launch of the Child Care Law Reporting Project  in December. Photograph: Eric Luke

More than 5,000 children are in the care of the State, mostly on foot of orders made in the courts. Yet the public has, up to now, had no way o(...)