Sunday 11 December 2016

State is failing to protect children properly but we don't seem to care

Published 04/12/2015 | 02:30

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald, T.D., with co authors Dr. Geoffrey Shannon and Norah Gibbons before the publication of the report of the independent child death review group 2000-2010 at the National Library in Kildare Street
The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald, T.D., with co authors Dr. Geoffrey Shannon and Norah Gibbons before the publication of the report of the independent child death review group 2000-2010 at the National Library in Kildare Street

The extent to which this country really cares about child protection remains very much open to question. In 2012, a report was produced that reviewed the deaths of children who were either in the care of the State, or who were known to the State's care services, and why they died.

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The 'Report of the Independent Child Death Review Group' was published by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs and was written by family law expert Geoffrey Shannon and Norah Gibbons of Barnardos.

What prompted it was the revelation that some 200 children in the care of the State had died in the previous 10 years, many from natural causes, some by violence.

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