Some children are, through the circumstances into which they are born, at risk of harm.

Recent weeks have seen disturbing revelations about the abuse of vulnerable children, both in their own homes and in foster care. A case in the Galw(...)

Latest figures show 5,987 children were awaiting the allocation of a social worker in January.

Social workers may be recruited from Canada and Britain as part of an effort by Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, to address a backlog of child pro(...)

The chief executive of the Child and Family Agency, Tusla, has criticised the media’s expectations  of  child protection workers. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Media expectations of what child protection workers could or should achieve were “utterly absurd”, the chief executive of the Child and Family Agency (...)

 Tusla chief executive Fred McBride said simply removing children from a place where there may have been abuse can cause its own difficulties. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Removing children from a foster home where there has been an allegation of sexual abuse should only be done as a “last resort”, the head of Tusla, the(...)

Reports on high-profile child abuse cases over recent decades share another key recommendation: the need to invest properly in supports and services for children and parents. File photograph:   Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images

Tusla, the State’s child and family agency, is to carry out a review of why children who were neglected, abused and traumatised were left with their m(...)

Empty desks: Schools are obliged to alert Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, if a child has missed out on more more than 20 school days a year. Photograph: Thinkstock

More than 500 parents were threatened with prosecution last year over their failure to ensure their children attend school, new figures show. In all,(...)

Judge Patrick Durcan at Ennis District Court had told the parents of a teenager often missing from school   to bring their toothbrushes to court on Friday in case their daughter’s  attendance record did not improve. File photograph: Getty Images

A judge told the parents of a school-shy teenager on Friday they could bring their toothbrushes home after a threat of jail was lifted. Judge Patrick(...)

A judge has told the parents of a 14-year old girl to bring their overnight bags to court on Friday if she doesn’t attend school this week. At Ennis (...)

Mike Allen of Focus Ireland said the repossessions are often carried out by banks owned by the Irish people. Photograph: Eric Luke

Repossessions in the buy-to-let sector now account for up to half of all families becoming homeless in Dublin, with poverty a major factor in three-q(...)

Dolphin House, East Essex Street, which houses the family court. Image: Google Street view

A mother with three children in care cannot leave a psychiatric hospital because no suitable accommodation is available for her, nor can she be assess(...)