‘State institutions have been slow to put in place the necessary policies and structures to protect victims of child abuse.’ File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

After almost 20 years of commissions of inquiry and of extensive media coverage, it cannot be said by now that there is little awareness among the pub(...)

A clinical psychologist told a District Court child care hearing he was not surprised there would be no prosecution for sexual abuse, because the veracity of the child’s evidence had been undermined in garda interviews. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Seven men who allegedly sexually abused a child were not prosecuted because of the manner in which interviews with the child were carried out by garda(...)

After the child was taken into care, she spoke of having been sexually abused by men and recounted her mother’s violence.

A child who was allegedly sexual abused by seven men was removed from her home after gardaí found it was filthy and her mother was “extremely drunk”. (...)

Letterkenny District Court saw a total of 1,117 applications related to childcare, more than any other town. These included almost 450 full care order applications, normally made to keep children in the care of the State until adulthood.

More emergency applications to take children into care were made in Letterkenny last year than in any other town in the country, according to data re(...)

Latest batch of cases published by the Child Care Law Reporting Project make for sober reading. File  photograph: Getty Images

The cases of four Roma children, taken into care from an “uninhabitable” house, are among those recounted in the latest batch of cases published by th(...)

 The Child Care Law Reporting Project has identified regional differences in the number of childcare orders sought. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

There are major variations in the number of childcare orders being sought in the courts in different parts of the country, latest figures show. The f(...)

One of the issues raised around a care order was regarding the mother’s smoking habit

The case of a baby girl who was taken into care following her birth, her mother having been taken to hospital with a drug overdose while pregna(...)

Neglect, abuse and mental illness among parents are among the most common reasons for children coming before the child care courts, a project established last year to examine and report on childcare proceedings has found

Neglect, abuse and mental illness among parents are among the most common reasons for children coming before the child care courts, a project establis(...)