The Act will establish the Child and Family Agency, whose remit will include the delivery of child welfare and protection services and family support services currently operated by the HSE. The Agency will also have responsibility for domestic, sexual and gender-based violence services and community psychology services (this does not encompass psychologists operating within acute, disability, mental health or other specialist settings). The Family Support Agency and the National Educational Welfare Board will also be incorporated into the Agency.
Children First Bill 2014 (Number 30 fo 2014)
Bill entitled an Act for the purposes of making further and better provision for the care and protection of children and for those purposes to require the preparation, by certain providers of services to children, of child safeguarding statements; to require certain persons to make reports to the Child and Family Agency in respect of children in certain circumstances; to require certain persons to assist the Child and Family Agency in certain circumstances; to provide for the establishment of the Children First Inter-Departmental Implementation Group; to make provision for the preparation of sectoral implementation plans by Departments of State; and to provide for related matters
The Children Act, 2001 puts in place a modern statutory framework for the treatment of children in conflict with the law and has a number of new approaches and initiatives designed to target the background circumstances of offending children. Prior to the Children Act, 2001 the Children Act, 1908 provided the primary statutory basis for the treatment of children in conflict with the law in Ireland for nearly a century. Therefore the Children Act, 2001 provides the basis for the most comprehensive reform of the Irish youth justice system in one hundred years.
The Criminal Justice Act, 2006 further amends and enhances the Children Act, 2001. The Children Act became law on the 8th of July 2001, and (including legislative amendments) is now fully commenced. The policy and operational delivery of the Children Act, 2001 involves delivery by three government departments and a number of agencies including, An Garda Síochána, The Probation Service, the Irish Youth Justice Service, the Health Service Executive and the Courts Service. The Act covers a number of distinct but interrelated programmes, services and practises. These include the Garda Diversion Programme, the age of criminal responsibility, the Children Courts and proceedings in court, the children detention schools and various community probation orders.
The Child Care Act, 1991 (as amended) provides for the care and protection of children. The key areas relate to the promotion of the welfare of children, protection of children in emergencies, care proceedings, children in the care of the Health Service Executive and a new statutory special care scheme.
CHILD CARE (AMENDMENT) ACT 2011 The effect of this amendment is that an interim care order or an extension to an interim care order, in the absence of parental consent, may be granted for a period not exceeding 29 days.
- Education(Welfare) Act, 2000
- Equal Status Act
- Education Act, 1998
- Freedom of Information Acts
- Data Protection Act
- Languages Act
- Ethics in Public Office Act
- Standards in Public Office Act
- Irish Legal Information Initiative
- Education for Persons with Special Needs Act 2004
- Youth Work Act 2001
- Vocational Education (Amendment) Act
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