Dublin District Family Court: Judge Brendan Toale said while reading the girl’s text messages might seem “a minor issue”, it could undermine her placement in the unit. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

A teenager in a residential care unit was entitled to “a degree of privacy” and it was not necessary for staff to examine her text messages without di(...)

Dr Conor O’Mahony, a senior lecturer in Constitutional law and child law at University College Cork said “some judges are much quicker to make orders than others and some are potentially a bit too quick”. Image: screengrab via Youtube

Some judges are too quick to make orders putting children into the care of the Child and Family Agency, the co-author of a new study of child care pro(...)

The Child and Family Agency  is responsible for inspecting all pre-schools, play groups, crèches and day care services that cater for children aged under six

Senior officials have privately expressed concern that the inspection system for the State’s 4,500 pre-schools is not robust enough to identify servic(...)

The cases reported by the Child Care Law Reporting Project today include stories of minors who were unable to find suitable treatment in Ireland when seeking to return home from facilities in other jurisdictions.

Care orders were issued earlier this year for infants who were offered for online sexual abuse and exposed to an environment where hard drugs were pr(...)

Child and Family Agency chief executive Gordon Jeyes confirmed last weekend the agency was in discussion with the Department of Children on measures required to save up to €18 million this year. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The board of the Child and Family Agency privately warned the Minister for Children that funding pressures could lead to “draconian” cuts to vital sup(...)

Tusla said all children with the greatest need were effectively identified by the service but  accepted there were areas which required improvement. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Many vulnerable children at risk of harm in the Cork area did not have access to social workers or vital supports, an investigation into social servic(...)

Oberstown is the setting for a new child detention campus which will accommodate teenage offenders who until recently have been placed in St Patrick’s Institution, a wing of Mountjoy Prison. Photograph: The Irish Times

Inspectors have raised concern that young people in a State-run child detention school are being routinely isolated in locked rooms to help manage dis(...)

Judge John O’Connor said the boy could not attend because he had been recently moved to a different care home

A 14-year-old boy facing trial over an alleged mugging is moving to a special care unit after he took a cocktail of drugs and “drank himself to oblivi(...)

Photograph: The judge was told the girl’s name would be placed on the “child protection register”. Photograph: Reuters

The Child and Family Agency has withdrawn an application to extend an interim care order for a teenager with whom they were “achieving nothing”.The gi(...)

A Dublin District Family Court judge has appointed a guardian for the mother of a child in State care after hearing that the woman did not have the ca(...)