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Tusla figures show that 60% of reports are closed after preliminary screening and before initial assessment, and of the remainder 54% are subsequently closed. Photograph: Getty Images

The Children First Act 2017, which will be fully commenced on December 11th, 2017, will be claimed by the Government as landmark legislation. It is pa(...)

An average of 21 vulnerable young people in contact with social services have died each year, according to an independent body tasked with reviewing critical incidents in the care system. Photograph: iStock

Almost 150 vulnerable young people who were in contact with social services have died since 2010, new figures show. The most common cause of death w(...)

The latest reports into the deaths of children and young people in care once again illustrate the failings of State child protection services. Investi(...)

Short lives marred by abuse and neglect, alongside critical failings by State services, are revealed in reports into the deaths of children and young people in care, or known to care services.

Short lives marred by abuse, trauma and neglect, alongside critical failings by State services there to protect them, are revealed in reports into the(...)

Latest figures show 5,987 children were awaiting the allocation of a social worker in January.

Social workers may be recruited from Canada and Britain as part of an effort by Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, to address a backlog of child pro(...)

It is easy to spot the potential for a greater application of evidence-based policy-making

Academic researchers play a crucial role in helping society fully understand its past, analyse its present and weigh up its future, but when it com(...)

Dr Helen Buckley, chair of the National Review Panel, spoke of three teenage women, on lengthy waiting lists for psychology services, who had taken their own lives. Photograph: Eric Luke

An independent review into the deaths of 26 young people known to social services last year has raised concern over long waiting lists for mental heal(...)

 Dr Helen Buckley: chair of National Review Panel in 2013 that revealed  almost 40 children and young people died while in State care in 2011 and 2012

The Health and Information Quality Authority (Hiqa) has published new standards designed to ensure children in State care are safe and get adequate su(...)

Minister  for Children James Reilly: ‘We must learn lessons from the examination of serious incidents or deaths relating to children who receive care.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The State’s social services watchdog will have a new role overseeing reports into deaths or serious incidents involving children in contact with the c(...)

 Danny Talbot, the teenager who died at the age of  19 while in the care of the State. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

If Danny Talbot were growing up in care today, could the same appalling pattern of failure happen again? If we are to rely on the word of those in cha(...)

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