Republic of Ireland: Children
Bills, Legislation, Statutory and Good Practice Guidance
Established in 2014 the Child and Family Agency (tusla) is the dedicated state agency responsible for improving wellbeing and outcomes for children. It provides child protection, early intervention and family support services in Ireland.
An Garda Síochána also has statutory responsibilities for safety and welfare of children
Dial 999 in an emergency
An Act for the purposes of making further and better provision for the care and protection of children and for those purposes to require the preparation, by certain providers of services to children, of child safeguarding statements; to require certain persons to make reports to the Child and Family Agency in respect of children in certain circumstances; to require certain persons to assist the Child and Family Agency in certain circumstances; to provide for the establishment of the Children First Inter- Departmental Implementation Group; to make provision for the preparation of sectoral implementation plans by Departments of State; to provide for the abolition of the common law defence of reasonable chastisement and, for that purpose, to amend the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act 1997; and to provide for related matters.
An Act to provide for the preparation by the Child and Family Agency of aftercare plans to provide for the giving of assistance by the Agency, subject to the resources available to the Agency, to meet the needs of certain persons who have been in the care of that Agency; to provide for the inspection of premises in which it is proposed to provide early years service; and for those and other purposes, to amend the Child Care Act 1991; the Children Act 2001; the Health Act 2007; the Child and Family Agency Act 2013;
An act to give effect to certain provisions of Directive 2011/36/eu of the European Parliament And of the council of 5 April 20111 on Preventing and combating trafficking in Human beings and protecting its victims, and Replacing council framework decision 2002/629/jha; for those and other purposes to Amend and extend the criminal law (human Trafficking) act 2008, the child trafficking And pornography act 1998 and the criminal Evidence act 1992; and to provide for Related matters. [9th July, 2013]
An Act to protect human life during pregnancy; to make provision for reviews at the instigation of a pregnant woman of certain medical opinions given in respect of pregnancy; to provide for an offence of intentional destruction of unborn human life; to amend the Health Act 2007; to repeal sections 58 and 59 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861; and to provide for matters connected therewith. [30th July, 2013]
The Child and Family Agency (called Tusla) is a statutory organisation, established in January 2014 under theChild and Family Agency Act 2013. Under Section 8 of the Act, it is required to:
- Support and promote the development, welfare and protection of children, and
- Support and encourage the effective functioning of families
- Child welfare and protection services previously operated by the Health Service Executive (including family support services)
- The services previously provided by the former Family Support Agency
- The services previously provided by the former National Educational Welfare Board
- Pre-school inspection services
- Domestic, sexual and gender-based violence services
- Services related to the psychological welfare of children
Amendment of Act 2001
Amendment of Act 1991
Section 176 introduced the criminal charge of ‘reckless endangerment of children.’
Gives the right to request any recorded information we hold that isn’t about you personally.
This Act focuses on preventing criminal behaviour, diversion from the criminal justice system and rehabilitation. The use of detention for a child is to be a last resort: the Act requires that all avenues be explored before it is used.
The purpose of this act is to provide a statutory framework for the provision of youth work programmes and services by the Minister, VECs and by the National and Regional Youth Organisations.
Ensures that all children of school going age attend school and if they fail to do so, that they will receive a certain minimum education otherwise.
This Act not only protects those reporting, reasonably and in good faith, child abuse, but also makes it a criminal offence to report child abuse, knowing it to be false.
The two relevant provisions of this Act are:
(i) it abolishes the rule of law under which teachers were immune from criminal liability in respect of physical chastisement of pupils;
(ii) it describes circumstances in which the use of reasonable force may be justifiable.
Includes Safety Order and Barring order, The Barring order requires a violent person to leave the family home.
Including evidence on television link and video evidence
To provide for the care and protection of children and for related matters
This national guidance sets out the particular statutory responsibility of the HSE Children and Family Services and the Garda Síochána when they are alerted to concerns about the welfare and safety of a child.
In January 2019 the Guidance was amended by way of an addendum to ensure that online safety is specifically accounted for in child safeguarding statements.
Good Practice Guidance and Procedures
This is based on the protocols as set out in Children First Guidance 2011 and the collective wisdom and best practice of experts and front line staff, will support the vital work of social workers and other relevant practitioners in dealing with child protection and welfare cases.
Health and Social Care