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Last month
November 2023
National child sexual abuse agency could be forced to close due to funding shortfall
CARI said it faces closure unless it receives ‘immediate government funding’.
Human trafficking victims to be protected from deportation under new plans
Dedicated accommodation for victims of trafficking will also be established.
This year
'A punch in the gut': Tusla apologises as adopted people wait up to a year for personal records
One man will be waiting at least 10 months to get his medical files – despite a 90-day deadline.
More than 3,800 applications for records in first year of Birth Information and Tracing Act
The Adoption Authority of Ireland said there has been significant progress but that further work still lies ahead.
Reports about welfare of children in State care deleted amid GDPR concerns
Peadar Tóibín TD described the Minister’s actions as “impossible to comprehend”, saying that the decision is an example of “GDPR overreach”.
Children with disabilities spending months in inappropriate settings due to lack of supports
A new report says the “failure of the State” has resulted in children being denied the opportunity to grow up at home with their families.
Death of 16-month-old in foster care due to several factors including sedative effect of antihistamine
The boy was found in an unresponsive state in his cot on the morning of 11 April, 2022.
Children’s services across Louth-Meath deemed ‘non-compliant’ in four of six assessed standards
HIQA inspectors were told that the ‘chronic’ staff shortages in relation to team leaders had an impact on the frequency and quality of case supervision.
Varadkar: 'There are a lot of good things about being a child in Ireland, but huge deficits too'
In the last two weeks, two significant reports have highlighted serious failings in the care for children in the state.
Children who alleged inappropriate contact and assault left months on waiting list, Hiqa says
Hiqa carried out a risk-based assessment of Tusla child protection and welfare services in the west of the country in April 2023.
Opinion: The state’s failure of vulnerable children is unfortunately nothing new
Seána Glennon says the state must refocus its approach to the protection of vulnerable children and adults in this country after years of failures.
Tusla says 145 young people in emergency placements this week amid 'unprecedented demand'
It comes after a District Court judge expressed concern over children in such placements as a result of a lack of safe and appropriate places.
Simon Harris: ‘Tusla saying today that it is in crisis should stop the Government in its tracks’
Responding to reports today documenting issues around safe placements for children in care, the Minister said the next Budget needs to be about child welfare and tackling child poverty.
Tusla didn't contact man over child abuse claim for 8 years as 'no worker was available'
Fourteen men came forward this week to allege they were abused by a now deceased teacher and guidance counsellor at the school.
Tusla contacted social media platforms several times last year over online abuse towards staff
Tusla also said it was developing a new Violence, Harassment and Aggression Strategy to help its staff.
Tusla to begin contacting 20,000 people whose data was compromised during HSE cyber-attack
People will begin to receive letters this week and the process will take around ten months.
Children’s Minister to seek approval to alter legal status of childminders
The move would allow parents to qualify for the National Childcare Scheme if they have a registered childminder.
Officials warned that lack of social workers would delay giving adopted people their records
New documents reveal that officials in the AAI and Tusla had raised concerns about difficulties recruiting staff in the months leading up to the Birth Information and Tracing Act coming into effect.
New documents reveal that officials in the AAI and Tusla had raised concerns about difficulties recruiting social workers, Órla Ryan reports
In December, adopted people were informed that they may not receive their records until autumn 2023
In the months leading up to the Birth Information and Tracing Act being enacted, efforts were made to hire more staff
Adopted people 'disgusted' and 'distraught' they might not get their records until autumn 2023
Last year
Tusla chief Bernard Gloster appointed as the HSE's new CEO
He is expected to take up the position in Spring 2023.
Adopted people 'disgusted' and 'distraught' they might not get their records until autumn 2023
The AAI wrote to people today, confirming further delays.
Survivor Mick Finnegan calls on St John’s Ambulance to publish report on past child abuse ‘without delay’
The board of St John’s Ambulance has said legal scrutiny of the report will begin immediately.
Domestic violence services invited to apply for new funding stream secured in Budget 23
€6.8 million is being made available through a ‘targeted call to established domestic violence service providers’.
Tusla and AAI given new tracing powers after 'technical issue' arises with Birth Information Act
An amendment is being made to the Birth Information and Tracing Act, six weeks after it became law.
Mother and Baby Homes: Forum says Tusla is 'erratic, dysfunctional and devoid of trust'
The Collaborative Forum’s report was finally published today – four years after it was compiled.
Adoption Authority boss says timelines to process birth information were 'too tight'
The waiting period for people to receive their birth information under the new system tripled just weeks after launching.
Waiting time for adopted people to get birth information triples to 90 days
Tusla and the AAI are finding it “difficult” to process and respond to all applications due to the high demand.
Information and tracing services under Birth Act to begin from next month
On 3 October applications for birth records can be made to the Adoption Authority of Ireland and Tusla.
HIQA inspection finds child sexual abuse case left waiting 11 months for initial assessment
Tusla services in the Louth Meath area were deemed non-compliant by inspectors in three areas of quality and safety.
Tusla cannot confirm how many records it has about St Gerard's mother and baby home
A report by
Órla Ryan
The Child and Family Agency refused an FOI request from Tuam survivor Peter Mulryan, saying it could not locate records about his sister.
Tusla confirms it has records about St Gerard's but can't say how many, Órla Ryan reports
The agency said it cannot read the documents unless a person requests them via FOI or under GDPR
Tusla refused an FOI request from Peter Mulryan, saying it cannot locate records about his sister
'Two babies from one family, gone': Tusla unable to locate records despite 'extensive' search
'Where is she?': Survivor of Tuam home discovers he has a second sister with no burial record
Almost 900 people sign up to adoption tracing system - 32 have 'no contact' preference
A total of 891 adopted people and relatives applied to the new register in July.
'Two babies from one family, gone': Tusla unable to locate records despite 'extensive' search
A report by
Órla Ryan
Tuam survivor Peter Mulryan says it’s “awful” that records for his older sister, Bridget, cannot be found.
Tuam survivor Peter Mulryan says it's "awful" that records for his older sister cannot be found, Órla Ryan reports
Peter believes there is a chance Bridget may have been incorrectly listed as dead, before being adopted
Records related to St Gerard's were given to Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, in 2017
'Where is she?': Survivor of Tuam home discovers he has a second sister with no burial record
'Where is she?': Survivor of Tuam home discovers he has a second sister with no burial record
A report by
Órla Ryan
Peter Mulryan is going public with his search for information about a second sister, Bridget, who passed through St Gerard’s in Dublin.
'Vulnerable' girl taken into care after entering Ireland with man claiming to be her uncle
The girl had arrived into Ireland from Ukraine.
HIQA report finds "inconsistencies in many services" for children
Lengthy delays and a lack of resources were the main issues noted.
Parents left stressed after schools report children to Tusla for missing days due to Covid
The number of children included in these absence reports increased during the pandemic due to Covid-19 illness and close contact rules.
Unaccompanied children as young as 12 arriving into Ireland from Ukraine
14 unaccompanied children are currently in Tusla care.
Taoiseach: Officials vetting accommodation for refugees amid report of 'sex for housing' offer
Taoiseach says Ireland will take in a further 500 Ukrainian refugees that are currently in Moldova.
Review of domestic violence refuges highlights geographical gaps and inadequate provision
Minister Helen McEntee has committed to a womens’ refuge expansion.
All time
Fostering within the family needs support, resources - and regulation
Absence of clear oversight and supports leave children and caring relatives in precarious position.
Men plead guilty to PUP scam which cost state €150,000
The email addresses of 74 HSE and Tusla employees were used for fraudulent claims