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The Report of the Independent Child Death Review Group

 

Background

The Independent Child Death Review Group (ICDRG) was established in 2010 to investigate the deaths of children and young people in the care of the state, in receipt of aftercare, or known to child protection services between 2000 and 2010. The ICDRG received files relating to the deaths of 196 children during this period. The Report of the ICDRG, written by Dr Geoffrey Shannon and Norah Gibbons (who co-chaired the review), was published in June 2012.

While it is clear that significant work was undertaken to improve services over this period, the ICDRG highlighted a number of failings in the child protection system and made a number of recommendations to ensure its robustness. The influence of the Report may be seen in the current constitution of the National Review Panel and of Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, and in the increased emphasis on early intervention, family support services and interagency cooperation in the Irish child protection system.

 

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