Dr Conor O’Mahony, in his first annual report, raises serious concerns about the potential of social workers to breach vulnerable parents’ rights.

The legislation underpinning Tusla’s investigations into child sex abuse (CSA) is “arguably unfit for purpose” and potentially “fails to protect child(...)

The notes state that there is ‘no additional capacity within the existing foster care pool’. Photograph: iStock

Public sector workers – including teachers and those working from home – may be asked to act as foster carers for children during the Covid 19 pandemi(...)

 Member of the Garda at a checkpoint in Dublin. Photograph:Gareth Chaney/Collins

Gardaí used their Covid-19 policing powers just 13 times in the past week, a significant drop on the level of enforcement in previous weeks. Over the(...)

A Garda checkpoint for Covid-19 restrictions at St Stephen’s Green, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

The use of spit hoods by the Garda has increased almost 70 per cent in the past week, according to new figures on the force’s enforcement of Covid-19 (...)

Concerns have been raised unsuitable individuals could seek access to children through applying for certain jobs and avoid vetting. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Organisations under the aegis of the Department of Culture are taking legal advice over a row with the Garda National Vetting Bureau, it has emerged. (...)

 Deputy Commissioner John Twomey and Supt Niall Featherstone, Chief Bureau Officer at the Garda National Vetting Bureau speaking on Tuesday.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Regular checks are set to be carried out by a special Garda unit on organisations working with children and vulnerable people to ensure all staff are (...)

The teacher claimed in court that arising out of an investigation, the Teaching Council now intends to send a notification about him to the National Vetting Bureau.

A schoolteacher has asked the High Court for orders preventing the Teaching Council of Ireland from notifying the National Vetting Bureau of concerns (...)

Former journalist Tom Humphries, who was jailed for grooming a girl from when she was 14 before sexually abusing her, was an underage camogie coach who got his victim’s number through a third party. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Procedures to safeguard young people in the GAA are “much better today than they were last year or even 10 years ago and will be better again next yea(...)

Brendan O’Dea of the National Teaching Council said about 16,000 teachers working in the system  still had to have vetting applications processed. File photograph: Getty Images

Garda enforcement officers are to begin unannounced vetting checks from January on organisations that employ people in contact with children. The mo(...)

Dee Pauley with some photographs of her mother, Eileen Crowley, who is now staying in a nursing home. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Deirdre Pauley still feels “massively” guilty about having to arrange for her mother to go into a nursing home. “It’s the hardest thing I have ever do(...)

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