Child Care cases now being reported

The Child Care Law Reporting Project (CCLRP) has been established to examine and report on child care proceedings in the courts, under  the Child Care (Amendment) Act 2007, which modified the in camera rule governing cases heard under the Child Care Acts.  For the first time reports of court proceedings where children are taken into the care of the Health Service Executive (HSE) are being published and are available online.  The new website contains reports of proceedings heard over the first three months of 2013 in District Courts around the country.

The reports give an insight into the reasons why the HSE seeks orders taking children into interim or long-term care, or supervising their families, the responses of the families concerned and the input of the judges hearing the cases. The reports do not identify the children or their families.  The website also contains statistics on care orders sought and granted in the different District Courts around the country for 2011. The 2012 figures will be available in July.