Gordon Jeyes

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Fred McBride is to step down as the head of Tusla. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The head of the Child and Family Agency, Tusla, Fred McBride, is to step down next month, it has been announced. The agency’s board told staff on Th(...)

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone said it was “not good” that the call for an inquiry by senior HSE staff five years ago were not heeded. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It was a “pity” the HSE did not fully investigate mother-and-baby homes in 2012 when senior staff warned about probable “criminal” activities in two o(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris has said he wants to see ‘every action and recommendation’ in the Jeyes report ‘acted on with great urgency’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Health Simon Harris says he “believes the families” who have made “extraordinarily serious” allegations about care failings at a service (...)

Barristers working in child protection recognise the importance of guardians while others say they use the courts to redirect scarce resources to children in their care and away from others who are equally entitled to services

The picture painted by the social worker was grim; the teenage boy was impossible to control, a threat to staff at the care unit where he lived, he t(...)

Minister of State  Kathleen Lynch. The proposed commission of inquiry is designed to deflect criticism before an election. Photograph: Joe Boland

Back in 2013, I quoted John Byrne, a lecturer in social care practice in Waterford Institute of Technology. He said the most common misconception abo(...)

When chief executive of Tusla Gordon Jeyes learned of the ‘Grace’ case he was told that the matter was being investigated. File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Gordon Jeyes, the chief executive of Tusla, the child and family agency, has said he first learned of the allegations of abuse at a foster home in the(...)

  James Reilly: looking at options for guardians in child care cases. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A new body, to run a service providing court-appointed guardians in child care cases, is under consideration by Minister for Children James Reilly. (...)

Aerial view of the site for the new National Children’s Hospital at the St James’s Hospital campus in Dublin

More than 2,300 new jobs will be created during the construction phase of the new National Children’s Hospital (NCH) on the St James’s Hospital campus(...)

Tusla chief operations officer Fred McBride said Tusla was currently reviewing its centralised recruitment practices to allow local management to become more responsive and to recruit the expert social work staff they want. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, is not anticipating any reduction in its services next year, a senior executive with the agency pledged when ques(...)

There was a 25% reduction in overall funding for the Schools Completion Programme – from €32.9 million in 2008 to €24.7 million for 2015. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Any further cuts to the School Completion Programme could “seriously compromise its viability”, and leave children in crisis situations without suppor(...)

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