Thursday 14 December 2017

If we are truly serious about the welfare of children we must provide proper funding

Child and Family Agency chief Gordon Jeyes who has voiced his concerns
about budget shortfalls. Photo: Frank Mc Grath
Child and Family Agency chief Gordon Jeyes who has voiced his concerns about budget shortfalls. Photo: Frank Mc Grath

Dr Helen Buckley

SINCE 1993 more than 560 recommendations have been made by various child abuse inquiry reports conducted in Ireland.

Over that period we have had a number of significant pieces of legislation, the establishment of a specific government department to deal with children's affairs, three major structural changes in the statutory child protection system and the introduction of numerous policies – including a new model of service delivery.

It could reasonably be expected that the events highlighted in the National Review Panel reports published yesterday should not recur, or should at least diminish.

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