Children’s Ombudsman Dr Niall Muldoon: “It’s important that Tusla operates in a way that protects the child rather than the system.”

Children’s Ombudsman Dr Niall Muldoon does not mince his words when expressing his concern about the child and family agency, Tusla. “I have said on (...)

Migrants walk past French policemen to climb in buses as they leave the Jules Ferry reception centre, next to the recently demolished “Jungle” in Calais. Photograph: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images

Alawi (17), a quiet, polite, shy young man from Syria, has lost his entire family. From the Deir ez-Zor region, scene of intense internecine fighting (...)

“We should take action here,” said Brian Hayes on the issue of accepting children from the former “Jungle” Calais camp. Photographs: The Irish Times

Ireland should move quickly to take unaccompanied minors stranded in Calais as a “humanitarian gesture”, Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes has said. The Dubli(...)

Social workers say many nursing home residents could live at home if  appropriate supports are available. File photograph: Getty Images

Many nursing home residents could live at home if the appropriate supports were available, according to their social workers. More than 50 per cent o(...)

Latest figures show that some 9,000 reports of suspected abuse, neglect or welfare concerns for children – 3,500 of which are classified as “high priority cases” – are waiting to be allocated a social worker

After years of rhetoric by the State over cherishing the children of the nation, the Government has moved over recent years to introduce concrete meas(...)

An average of 546 children in HSE care did not have a social worker assigned to them in the year to November, figures prepared for the HSE’s monthly(...)

UCC: researchers at the college used data from an administrative database in Cork and Kerry in order to identify new information on childcare

Almost half of all incidents where children were taken into care in Cork and Kerry by the HSE occurred on a voluntary basis with the support of their (...)