Minister for Children James Reilly has been urged to address the lack of social workers in the State.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Minister for Children James Reilly has been urged to address the lack of social workers in the State. The Irish Times today reported that more than 9,(...)

The High Court this afternoon ordered the gardaí to apprehend a 16-year-old boy who had absconded from hospital, bring him back and remain with him un(...)

Groups representing young people in care have expressed alarm that the changes will place vulnerable young people at even greater risk of falling through the cracks of the care system.

Planned changes to the State’s care system will result in payments to foster families ceasing where a young person is not involved in education or tr(...)

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(...)

Danny Talbot’s aunts Donna (left) and Deborah Lamb in Dublin yesterday. Every week the sisters come to Dublin’s Liffey boardwalk in search of vulnerable young people to help. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A damning report into the death of a teenager who spent most of his life in State care reveals a series of missed opportunities by social services t(...)

Judge John O’Neill at Dublin District Court told the parents of a girl missing school their daughter deserved an education and he warned them he could jail either one of them if the attendance record did not improve. File photograph: Collins

A judge has threatened to jail the parents of a teenage girl over her school attendance record, which showed she missed 50 per cent of school days in (...)

The most delicate item in the in-tray of new Minister for Children and Youth Affairs James Reilly will be getting the terms of reference right for th(...)

 The former Supreme Court judge  Ms Justice Catherine McGuinness: “The real priority is today’s children and their rights. Just as we sit in judgment on our forebears it is certain that we too will be judged on our response to today’s children.”

Former Supreme Court judge Catherine McGuinness has called on the Government to ensure funding for the inquiry into mother and baby homes is “not tak(...)

Focus Ireland says it is “really concerned” that up to 40 per cent of the young people leaving State care it is currently working with are homeless.   Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

An emergency response to the growing crisis of homelessness among young people leaving State care is required before a tragedy occurs, housing charity(...)

Rape Crisis Midwest says it has no way of making up the shortfall of €120,000.

One of the busiest Rape Crisis centres in the country has had to close because funding has reached a “critical point”. The Rape Crisis Midwest, which (...)