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# Children in Care

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# Mental Health
No inpatient bed for teen with 'significant and immediate' mental health concerns, court hears
The only bed available for him was in an emergency accommodation hostel for homeless children.
Voices
Opinion: ‘It feels as though I’m answering a call on every shift from a child talking about suicide’
ISPCC Childline volunteer Lee Daly says many of the children calling in are struggling with all the extra issues brought about by the changes of 2020.
# cclrp
'He's devastated that he hasn't seen his child': The stories of children taken into care during Covid-19
The Child Care Law Reporting Project published its latest reports today.
# Child Protection
Tusla expressed concern children could be at risk of 'immediate harm' due to restrictions on its services
Internal risk reports expressed concern about the impact of reduced home visits and face-to-face meetings.
# changing futures
New website launched to help explain to children in care why Tusla is in their lives
The website has been designed by young people with lived experience of the care system.
# careday19
Young people share their experiences in care: 'This was the chapter where I turned my life around'
A number of young people shared their experiences yesterday and said they want to erase the stigma attached to being in the care system.
# Children in Care
Judge told child in rural Irish town may have been trafficked
In another case the court heard a pre-school age child may have been sexually abused while in foster care.
# hiqa report
Children went 'missing' from Tusla care home more than 100 times in twelve-month period
The findings were made as part of an unannounced inspection by HIQA in July.
# nowhere to go
Nine-year-old boy in care moved five different times in 13 days
“His experience in care is augmenting his experience of harm that brought him into care,” the judge said.
# education fair
'There's so much potential in every young person in care, just like there is in every young person'
An education fair is being held to showcase options for young people in care.
# State Care
Report into death of teen finds impact of separating her from younger sibling was not understood
‘Clare’ was in foster care when she took her own life.
# Children in Care
Sexually abused siblings lived in 'succession of very dirty, chaotic houses'
This case is just one of 22 being highlighted by the Child Care Law Reporting Project today.
# Children in Care
'They're extremely loyal. Even though they've grown up with neglect they just want to go home'
Guardians ad litem are appointed by the courts to give children a voice, but that task is by no means an easy one.
# tusla
The challenges of integrating migrant children in Ireland's care
There are many challenges around mental health and cultural identity in particular.
# Children in Care
'They drive you nuts and make you laugh' - Irish foster carers share their stories
The child and family agency is currently running a campaign looking for a home for one particular child.
# responsibility
'It's not the State's problem, it's the family's': Care system to adopt tough love approach
The chief executive of Tusla said the agency wants families to share more power and responsibility, and to “own their problems”.
# crisis care
Over 500 children placed in out-of-hours emergency care last year
Many of the children are removed from homes out-of-hours by gardaí.
# High Court
Children in 'disturbing' sex abuse case to remain in care until next year
The children, who are both under the age of ten, will continue in the care of their foster parents.
# Family court
Child in foster care has "serious anxiety" and worries about his mother's welfare
A family court heard the child recently had an argument with his foster family.
# Children in Care
Jeff's story: A worried little boy in care - quiet, kind and deeply troubled
The child had been placed in care because of family violence, parental alcohol use and neglect and remained in care until he was an adult.
# Children
Domestic violence, mental illness and drug abuse: The tragic lives of children in care who died
Reports published today gave details of the lives of a number of young people know to the child and family agency who took their own lives.
# Courts
Court hears child who set fire to bedroom wants to go to college
The case of two children due to leave state care were discussed in court.
# Family court
Mother who relapsed and went on 'cocaine session' wants children back
The children’s social worker said there is a plan in place to return the children to the mother’s care if she engages with drug user services.
# Courts
Boy who did €10,000 worth of damage to care home "is not fit to be let loose in society”
He was sentenced to two and a half years in prison.
# protection
Ignored, abandoned, deprived of food: Abuse suffered by Irish kids before they go into care
The most common form of abuse is neglect and some children suffer horrific physical and sexual abuse before the State is called on to intervene.
# Children in Care
Teens in State-run home were leaving regularly to take drugs
A Hiqa report found the care centre was not run in a way that the children were always safe and protected from themselves.
# State Care
The High Court has ordered 17 children be detained in special care units
Detention in special care is for the child’s own welfare and protection.
# HIQA
More than 100 children in foster care have no social worker
One child had not been visited by a social worker in more than four years.
# Children in Care
Parents agree to allow disabled children stay in care
The judge said that the parents had the capacity to love their boys, but not the capacity to bring them up.
# Children in Care
Five children taken into care after abuse allegations
The judge said that the children “lived in a bad place with bad people”.
# Children in Care
Court rules home extension be built so 'inseparable' siblings in care could stay together
The case is outlined in the lastest volume of the Child Care Law Reporting Project.
# SPeaking from the heart
'I never fought with her over toys': Here is Anne Ferris's moving Dáil speech about her sister
She was speaking during a Dáil debate on mother and baby homes.
# Children in Care
One-year-old died in tragic accident in her home, just months after being reunited with mother
Susan had spent some time in the care of the State before her death at the age of 15 months.
# Children in Care
91 children known to HSE died in four years - one quarter by suicide
More than three quarters of these children were living with their families at the time.
# Children in Care
Social workers were called after family refused treatment for ill son
The social work teams were commended for their handling of the case.
# Children in Care
Teen who died 'allowed remain too long' in home where drug use was the norm
Nicholas was just 17 when he died due to misuse of drugs.
# Children in Care
'Little appreciation' from State that Luke was at risk of harm while in care
Tusla, the child and family agency has published four reports into the deaths of children in State care.
# Mental Health
TD says sending children to adult psychiatric units is 'inhumane'
A new report has found that 83 children were put into adult psychiatric units last year, despite guidelines forbidding this practice.
# Oireachtas agenda
Do sexual assault laws discriminate against people with disabilities?
Senator Katherine Zappone thinks they need to be updated and will present a Bill on the subject in the Seanad today.
# Children in Care
Children in care starting fires a growing problem for HSE
Inspectors were unable to establish the legal remit for restricting children’s freedom of movement as they found the locking of the unit’s doors had become institutionalised.