Tusla: issues uncovered in Kerry. Photograph: Alan Betson

Some 161 reports of alleged child abuse were left “unaddressed” in the Co Kerry area by Tusla, including a number of cases where children were at pote(...)

At this time, the issues potentially facing all families are the same, but the level it affects them depends on their circumstances

The metaphorical village it takes to raise a child has been boarded up during this phase of the Covid-19 pandemic. Those normal interactions with teac(...)

Norah Gibbons was driven by a “profound sense of social justice and empathy”, President Michael D Higgins said.

President Michael D Higgins has led tribute to children’s rights advocate Norah Gibbons, who has died. Ms Gibbons, who was a qualified social worker,(...)

The number of young people contacting Childline by phone increased by just under 9 per cent last week, and the number of children availing of Childline’s text support service increased by almost 20 per cent. File photograph: Getty Images

Childline has reported an increase in calls and texts from children and young people expressing anxiety around the coronavirus and family relationship(...)

The Epic careleavers group. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Last week I went to interview some young men and women in anticipation of Care Day, next Friday. The interviewees are all “care leavers”, that is peop(...)

The original report into how Tusla managed allegations of child sexual abuse was published in June 2018. The child and family agency has since been undertaking reforms. Photograph: Tom Honan

There has been “significant progress” on a range of reforms at Tusla, the child and family agency, following a damning 2018 report by the State health(...)

Today with Sean O’Rourke on RTÉ Radio 1, weekdays at 10am

It’s that time of year, when a wise old man seeks to bring happiness to children, while checking to see who’s on his naughty list. Yes, Sean O’Rourke (...)

Tusla chief executive Bernard Gloster said decisions to close childcare facilities were taken only after careful consideration and a lengthy process. Photograph: Tom Honan

Two creches in Dublin have been ordered to close early in the new year by Tusla after repeated, serious failures to ensure the premises provided a saf(...)

The organisation plans to convert ‘a substantial number’ of its agency workers on to temporary 12-month Tusla contracts, Bernard Gloster said. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, has become “overly defensive” and the structure of the organisation is to be reviewed to allow for better decision(...)

 President of the District Court Rosemary Horgan: ‘Foster carers must be confident they can meet [the child’s] needs – but – they have to know about the needs before they can meet the needs.’ File photograph: Alan Betson

Concerns raised by foster carers, that they are having to care for children without being informed by Tusla social workers about the children’s backgr(...)

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