Gordon Jeyes

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Gordon Jeyes, chief executive of  child and family agency Tusla, speaking at the official launch the new Migrant Family Support Service. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A new free-of-charge service to help migrant parents who have had their children taken into State care or are in need of child support intervention(...)

According to the unpublished report commissioned by the HSE, a major review of care services found examples of inappropriate placements or cases where children or carers were struggling to cope

More than 250 vulnerable children in the care of the State have been estimated to be in unsuitable care place(...)

Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald opened the Pavee Point conference on Roma children’s rights in Dublin today. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The events surrounding the taking into care of two Roma children last year were a “shame for the State” and an “embarrassment for the Governmen(...)

Derek Mulligan, a victim of Michael Ferry, speaks to members of the media outside the Central Criminal Court in 2011 after Ferry was jailed for 14 years. Photograph: Collins Courts

Donegal child sex abuser Michael Ferry (58) was allowed continue working as caretaker at an Irish language summer school despite being convicte(...)

Enda Kenny at the launch of the Child and Family Agency in Dublin Castle. He said the reforms would bring new cohesion and convictions to the task of protecting young people at risk.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said the new Child and Family Agency provides a “once in a lifetime opportunity” to reform child protection and welfare servi(...)

Gordon Jeyes, chief executive of the Child and Family Agency, said the warnings of the past should “echo in our ears”. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Is the Child and Family Agency a shiny new brass plate to cover the same dysfunctional child protection service? Or does it represent a brighter futur(...)

Louise O’Keeffe: won a landmark legal challenge against the Irish State this week

Louise O’Keeffe has accepted an apology made by Taoiseach Enda Kenny for the abuse she experienced as a schoogirl, and has called on the Government to(...)

At least 200 social work posts are vacant despite significant increases in the number of reports of children at risk of abuse or neglect, new figures (...)

Children must be protected. And now we have moved from a ritual dance of shock and dismay to concerted action. Photograph: Eric Luke

Since 1980, we have had 29 major inquiries and reviews on child protection failings in Ireland. Each was motivated by the desire to get to the wider t(...)

An agency for children

It has been a long time in the making. A new Child and Family Agency, taking over child protection and welfare from the HSE, comes into force this wee(...)

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