State has failed our children
Published 26/07/2010 | 05:00
KEVIN James O'Mahony (Letters, July 22) asks why child-advocacy groups are in favour of a children's amendment to the Constitution.
Why indeed, when the only thing the recently published wording would do is deny children the right to parental advocacy of their rights by empowering the State and its institutions, which have demonstrably failed so many children.
Mr O'Mahony is mistaken in his view that the Constitution prevents intervention in families where there is a clear need for this. It actually imposes a requirement on the State to intervene where parents fail their children.