About the Project

Our aims and objectives are to:

  • Provide information to the public on child care proceedings in the courts;
  • Conduct research on these proceedings to promote debate and inform policy-makers;
  • Make recommendations to address any short-comingsin the child care system identified by the research;
  • Assist in the implementation of these recommendations;
  • Through the above, to promote confidence in the child care system.

The Child Care Law Reporting Project was established in November 2012, under Section 3 of the Child Care (Amendment) Act 2007 and in accordance with the 2012 Regulations (Regulation No 467 of 2012) made under the Act.

Relevant legislation:

The project was initially set up with the support of the One Foundation, The Atlantic Philanthropies and the Department of Children of Youth Affairs. Under the 2012 Regulations, the project must be nominated by an organisation specified in the regulations. From 2012 to 2018, the project was nominated by the Free Legal Advice Centres (FLAC). The project also received administrative and technical support from FLAC but it was entirely operationally independent. Since April 2018, the project has been fully funded by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, and was nominated by the National University of Ireland, Galway. It continues to be entirely operationally independent.

The CCLRP pursues its aims and objectives by attending the courts where child care cases are heard in order to report on those proceedings while protecting the anonymity of the children and their families, in accordance with a Protocol drawn up by its Director. It publishes reports of child care cases for the public and all relevant stake-holders at a frequency and in a form to be determined by the Director and the Steering Group.

The CCLRP collects and analyses data from the proceedings, publishes reports on the nature and outcomes of the child care proceedings and promotes public debate on the issues raised through seminars and conferences.

The CCLRP is a company limited by guarantee. Its board members are listed here.

The Project is based in 7 Red Cow Lane, Smithfield, Dublin 7. It can be contacted by email at info@childlawproject.ie

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