Law of Child Care examines the relationships that exist between the State and the family, and the restrictions placed by Articles 41 and 42 of the Constitution on State intervention in the life of the family to protect vulnerable and at-risk children. This new edition includes major developments in the area of child care, such as the Children’s Referendum and the mandatory reporting of child sexual abuse. For the first time District Court cases are reported in the official Law Reports. All the key cases are included in the text.
Among the key areas of child care law examined are:
- The jurisdiction of the courts
- The evidence of children
- The international dimension of child care
- The State’s response to the victims of child sex abuse
- The statutory functions of the Child and Family Agency (CFA) under the legislation
- The role of the CFA in providing care and protection for separated children (unaccompanied minors) arriving in Ireland while they seek refugee status
- The emergency protection of children
- Special care orders
- The treatment of children in care
The text is suitable for undergraduates studying family law and child care law. It will provide a valuable reference resource for social workers and other care professionals working in this rapidly developing area of the law
Jim Nestor is a retired lecturer in law at the Institute of Technology, Sligo. He previously practised as a solicitor. He is the author of An Introduction to Irish Family Law, now in its fourth edition.