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(...)

Child protection disparity

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald spoke of child protection failures under the HSE as “including inconsistency and fragmentat(...)

Maeve Lewis Executive Director of One In Four:   ’no one wants the alleged offender to be denied a fair trial but it (criminal justice system) is stacked against the victim.’  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The criminal justice system has been criticised for “retriggering” the trauma of child sex abuse suffered by survivors who pursue actions in the co(...)

Frances Fitzgerald

Child and family services could face financial penalties for failing to meet new performance targets, Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald has war(...)

Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald said it appeared many families were not accessing the supports they were entitled to. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Almost 40 per cent of families living at risk of poverty receive no financial support from the Department of Social Protection other than child benefi(...)

Dr Margret Fine-Davis of TCD: “Men are not seeing what women are seeing and feeling.” Photograph: Eric Luke/Irish Times

If behind every great man there’s a great woman, a cliché with origins that go back a century, who is behind every great woman? Well, he may be a misu(...)

Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald will appear before the Oireachtas committee this evening to discuss concerns over standards in creches. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Parents will be able to read inspection reports for creches online by July 1st and from September childcare providers will have to register before set(...)

Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald responded to the row earlier this year by tasking a group of officials to carry out an impact analysis of the changes and talk to psychologists’ representatives.

The long-promised creation of a single agency with responsibility for child welfare and protection is being delayed by a row over the transfer of psyc(...)

Laws and regulations are only as good as their enforcement. Without a realistic threat of detection and punishment, some companies will abuse their po(...)

Three of the creches mentioned in RTÉ’s Prime Time programme: Giraffe Childcare and Early Learning Centre, Belarmine, near Stepaside, Dublin (top); Little Harvard, Rathnew, Co Wicklow, (centre) and Links Childcare, Abington Wood, Malahide. Photograph: Colin Keegan and Garry O’Neill

Creches and pre-schools in some parts of the country have not been inspected by authorities for up to four years, despite hundreds of complaints fr(...)