This article from the Irish Times refers to a recent report from the Irish legislature (Oireachtas) which calls on the police (Gardaí) and social workers to form specialist child protection units to address gaps in services for out-of-hours social work services, and cites other recommendations from the Report on the Provision of Foster Care Services in Ireland.
This article, with accompanying short video documentary, from the New York Times tells an in-depth and harrowing story of an amateur historian, Catherine Corless, seeking to learn about the history of a "mother and baby home" run by Bon Secours nuns in the town of Tuam, Ireland, and the story of mistreatment, poor conditions, trafficking, and unmarked graves she uncovered.
Health Information and Standards Directorate 1 Sep 2017
Ireland's Health Information and Standards Directorate has launched a public consultation on the Draft National Standards on Children's Residential Care. Once finalized, the Standards will provide a framework for the ongoing development of child-centred and effective services for children living in residential care centres. This document contains the preceding Draft Standards, eligible for feedback through 02 November 2017.
Improvements to Ireland's Child and Family Agency Tusla’s foster care system - including proper checks, increased social workers and staff, and out-of-hours telephone and emergency support - will be implemented later this year.