The court heard that the boy does not cope well with residential units or with people “coming and going from his life” and cannot continue to be moved from placement to placement. Photograph: Getty Images

A teenager in care with more than 20 criminal charges against him is living in a homeless hostel, the Dublin District Family Court has heard.The charg(...)

The Child and Family Agency, Tusla, is to examine whether the foster family of a boy in care who has mental health difficulties can retain their foster allowance payment after the boy turns 18

The Child and Family Agency, Tusla, is to examine whether the foster family of a boy in care who has mental health difficulties can retain their foste(...)

Gordon Jeyes, chief executive of Tusla (the Child and Family Agency), said the status of the unassessed files, or “referrals or pieces of information”, was unclear. “Not knowing is a failure and I regret that.”   Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

At least 1,200 child protection files may not have been assessed by social workers in the Laois-Offaly area, the Oireachtas Committee for Health and (...)

The parents of a young teenager in care have refused to engage with the Child and Family Agency until their child undergoes an “invasive” test to see if she has been sexually active, the Dublin District Family Court has heard. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The parents of a young teenager in care have refused to engage with the Child and Family Agency until their child undergoes an “invasive” test to see (...)

Ann and Declan Smith from Tralee with their four grandchildren – Noah McMahon, Charlotte McMahon, Kyle Smith (back) and Fionn Smith. Photograph: Domnick Walsh / Eye Focus

Ann Smith’s chance sighting of a leaflet on the noticeboard in a delicatessen where she worked part-time was the catalyst for a life-changing decis(...)

 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(...)