Katherine Zappone: she has said Tusla has received 14,089 mandated reports in the 13 months up to the end of January this year

It is “imperative” that safe contact centres for children to facilitate access arrangements are introduced, the special rapporteur for child protectio(...)

 Geoffrey Shannon, the State’s special rapporteur on child protection. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The State has a “Rolls Royce system” for commercial law but when it comes to family law, there is “an impoverished system”, the special rapporteur on (...)

Because of the concerns raised by the State’s child and family agency Tusla about the supervision and safety practices operated by Scouting Ireland, immediately action should be taken by that organisation to implement the recommended changes. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Public trust is an indispensable requirement for the successful operation of any voluntary organisation, particularly when the safety and wellbeing of(...)

Ian Elliott, interim safeguarding manager with Scouting Ireland, wrote to the Minister earlier this week seeking withdrawal of a letter from Tusla criticising the youth organisation

Scouting Ireland’s interim safeguarding manager Ian Elliott wrote to Minister for Children Katherine Zappone earlier this week seeking to have a lette(...)

The Department of Justice said it was consulting with “stakeholders” such as the Department of Children, the Garda and the HSE to ensure it met all the provisions of the agreement

Ireland is one of only three European countries, along with Azerbaijan and Armenia, yet to ratify an international agreement to prevent the sexual abu(...)

In March 2017, the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation confirmed the discovery “significant quantities” of human remains in disused septic tanks in Tuam.   Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has published the terms of reference for an examination of legal options regarding DNA sampling in connection (...)

 Michael O’Flaherty received   his birth certificate containing his full name, date of birth and mother’s name when he joined the army aged 24.     Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Ann O’Flaherty remembers the first night she met her husband, Michael, at the Irish Club on Parnell Square in Dublin in October 1973 and the walk home(...)

The Budapest convention dealt specifically with individual actions of production, possession, distribution and solicitation of child abuse images.

The Government has failed to ratify two international conventions on child protection four years after the special rapporteur called for the State to (...)

Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl  would not be drawn on whether his proposal followed controversial comments made by Peter Casey in the presidential election campaign. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A member of the Traveller community could be appointed to the Seanad by the Taoiseach to ensure representation of this ethnic group in the Oireachtas,(...)

Professor Geoffrey Shannon said any reform of family courts should lead to an integrated system offering access to several services under one roof. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

A pilot programme allowing family court judges to see the outcomes of their rulings on children should be established as part of an overall restructur(...)

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