Chair of the National Review Panel Helen Buckley: ‘We cannot say the infant deaths were directly related to the mothers’ addiction’. File photograph: Eric Luke

Five babies and one toddler known to the State’s child protection agency, Tusla, whose mothers had drug or alcohol abuse problems, died last year, a h(...)

Tusla referred the case to the National Review Panel to investigate how the case was handled.

Systemic flaws in management, serious errors of judgement and poor assessment and decision making all played a role in the State’s failure to protect (...)

In a statement on Thursday, Tusla accepted the findings and said steps have since been taken to improve standards.

Tusla, the child and family agency, has admitted it failed to protect three children who were repeatedly raped by a teenager while in the care of the (...)

Dr Helen Buckley, chairwoman of the NRP, said while the reports showed evidence of “some very good practice” once services became involved, “it was notable that some social work departments were under serious pressure with high referral rates and staff shortages that inevitably impacted on their ability to provide a good service”. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

Twenty-two children and young people in care or known to the child protection system died last year, according to the National Review Panel (NRP), a f(...)

“Jack was sent to a relative for the night and Kim later joined him. It appears that during the night, while he was in bed with Kim, Jack died. The postmortem indicated he had died as a result of sudden infant death syndrome.” File photograph: Getty Images

Tusla social workers “missed” an opportunity to intervene in the case of an infant whose mother was allegedly using illegal drugs and who subsequently(...)

A Tusla spokeswoman said the organisation “wishes to express sincere sympathies to the families, and all those affected by the deaths of the young people mentioned in the NRP reviews”. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The family of a boy who died in the care of the Health Service Executive is calling for an independent commission of inquiry into such deaths, describ(...)

A report by the National Review Panel found serious weaknesses in the HSE’s management of Danny Talbot’s case. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The family of teenager Danny Talbot, who died while in HSE aftercare services, is seeking an independent judicial inquiry into the care he received th(...)