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Child Care Law Reporting Project Interim Report

Resource type: Research Report

Child Care Law Reporting Project |

Children in the Republic of Ireland are most frequently taken into care for neglect, and almost a fifth of children taken into care have special needs, according to this report from the newly created Child Care Law Reporting Project.

The report’s striking findings also show a “totally disproportionate” number of African children in care, with African children more than 20 times more likely to come before the courts than Irish children.

Until very recently, these child care proceedings could not be attended by members of the media. By collecting new data, providing statistics, and analysing case reports, the Project aims to help bring transparency to the child care court process.

Infographic via The Irish Times

Media Coverage

> VIDEO: Nine News broadcast, RTÉ One, 5 November 2013

> Neglect is top reason children taken into care,, 5 November 2013

> New report finds one in five children in state care has special needs, Irish Mirror, 5 November 2013



Child Care Law Reporting Project is an Atlantic grantee via Children’s Rights Alliance.