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Child Welfare and Protection Policy

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs is responsible for developing the policy and legislative framework in relation to child welfare and protection.  The Department also has oversight of the Child and Family Agency regarding the implementation of policy and the effective delivery of child welfare and protection services.

Over the past number of years there has been significant attention to the delivery of Child Welfare and Protection Services in Ireland.  There has been a move towards developing family and community support initiatives in order to identify and address problems at an early stage within the context of the family, while at the same time ensuring high quality care services for any child who cannot remain at home.

The Department is responsible for Child Welfare and Protection Policy as follows:




If you have any concerns about the welfare of a child you should contact the Child and Family Agency

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