Helen Buckley

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Geoffrey Shannon and Norah Gibbons, authors of the 2012 report. Photograph: Alan Betson

A landmark report into deaths of children in State care, published in 2012, found “systematic failures” were resulting in the most vulnerable young p(...)

Tusla figures show there are more than 5,800 children in care. Photograph: Alan Betson

Nearly half of the deaths of children and young people who died while in the care of the State in the last decade were due to suicide or drug overdos(...)

The independent National Review Panel is tasked by Tusla to review deaths of children in its care or known to it. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A 16-year-old girl who died by suicide did not get suitable care due to a “lack of appropriate placements”, while another who died “tragically” was no(...)

Almost one-quarter of youths in care, or known to child protection services, who died over the last decade died as a result of suicide, according to a Tusla-commissioned report. File photograph: Alan Betson

Almost one-quarter of youths in care, or known to child protection services, who died over the last decade died as a result of suicide, according to a(...)

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(...)

 After Oscar was born, toxicology reports showed he had cannabis and cocaine in his system at birth. File photograph: Getty Images

, The death of a two-week-old baby, who was born with traces of cannabis and cocaine in his system, was “not related to any deficit in service”, a re(...)

Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, lists children who are deemed to be at risk of significant harm in their homes on its child-protection notification system. Photograph: Alan Betson

A confidential study on the State’s system for monitoring at-risk children found gaps of several years between Tusla receiving reports of welfare conc(...)

Chair of the National Review Panel Helen Buckley: ‘We cannot say the infant deaths were directly related to the mothers’ addiction’. File photograph: Eric Luke

Five babies and one toddler known to the State’s child protection agency, Tusla, whose mothers had drug or alcohol abuse problems, died last year, a h(...)

Drug-dependent mothers were a particularly at-risk group who needed specialised support, advised Dr Helen Buckley, chair of the National Review Panel. Photograph: iStock

Specially-trained midwives are “urgently needed” around the State in a bid to cut the number of deaths of infants and toddlers in the care of parents (...)

Dr Helen Buckley, chairwoman of the NRP, said while the reports showed evidence of “some very good practice” once services became involved, “it was notable that some social work departments were under serious pressure with high referral rates and staff shortages that inevitably impacted on their ability to provide a good service”. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

Twenty-two children and young people in care or known to the child protection system died last year, according to the National Review Panel (NRP), a f(...)

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