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Child protection: Minister for Children Katherine Zappone. Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone is to meet the special rapporteur on child protection, Dr Geoffrey Shannon, in the next week to discuss what c(...)

A comprehensive audit of the emergency removal of children from their families by gardaí has found evidence of serious failings in the State’s child protection system. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

A comprehensive audit of the emergency removal of children from their families by gardaí has found evidence of serious failings in the State’s child p(...)

The Circle at St Patrick’s Institution, North Circular Road, Dublin.

For years there have been demands for St Patrick’s Institution to close its doors. Drawing heavy criticism both domestically and abroad, its decommiss(...)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone: will hear the views of young people at a conference in Croke Park. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

On Monday Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone will hear calls to protect children on both sides of the border from poverty at a (...)

The child protection rapporteur says new legislation is overdue to address “geographical injustice” in the care of children. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government has approved new regulations for court-appointed guardians, known as guardians ad litem. Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Kath(...)

Chinonyerem Okeke at the Immigration Council of Ireland conference in the Morrisson Hotel in Dublin. Photograph: Peter Murtagh/The Irish Times

The dry legalistic and policy imperatives surrounding the debate about immigration reform were shattered when a young woman told her story on Friday m(...)

ISPCC chief executive Grainia Long: progress   on housing plan  is “insufficient”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Children who are currently homeless in Ireland are worse off than children who are homeless in the UK, a children’s charity has said. Marking Human (...)

The King’s Hospital’s child protection policy lists headmaster John Rafter as the school’s “designated liaison person”.

Like other secondary schools across the State, The King’s Hospital has very clear obligations setting out how it should protect the safety and welfar(...)

Irish Foster Carers’ Association Children chief executive  Catherine Bond said children in foster care have often experienced  trauma and require supports,  and adoption would not diminish their needs for such  supports. File photograph: Getty Images

New legislation that will allow hundreds of children in foster care to be adopted must not result in the loss of services to vulnerable children, the (...)

Yellow is promoted as an app “to make amazing new friends”. Photograph: Thinkstock Images

A new “friendship” app, which has become increasingly popular with Irish teenagers in recent months, is being used to exchange sexually explicit photo(...)

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