Minister Fitzgerald signed regulations in 2012 allowing reporting of proceedings under Child Care Act 1991
Minister notes prevalence of neglect (21.6%) and parental drug and alcohol abuse (18.6%) as the most common reasons for care applications
Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, has welcomed the publication of the interim report of the Child Care Law Reporting Project. The Minister further acknowledged the work being done by the project director Dr. Carol Coulter and her team.
Minister Fitzgerald stated: “I have supported this project since its inception, having signed the relevant regulations to allow the attendance of the project staff in the Courts for the first time.” The Department of Children and Youth Affairs is one of the co-funders of the project, along with Atlantic Philanthropies and One Foundation.
The Minister stated that: “The report is a crucial first step in improving the transparency of the conduct of child care proceedings. These are very serious decisions, with long term impacts on the child and the family.
“While it remains vitally important that we protect the identity of vulnerable children and families, it is in the public interest that we understand the practices and trends in our child care courts so that we better design and implement the best policies to protect children and support families.”