Case Reports 2022 Volume 1

Reporters from the Child Law Project attend cases in District Courts around the country selected on a random basis, and cases in the High Court involving children and young people in secure care and those made Wards of Court. We publish below the latest volume of case reports.

Given the nature of some of the cases, which can go on for many months with multiple adjournments, not all reports published below are complete, but rather reflect what happened in court on that day. We categorise the reports under six headings and multiple sub-headings, several reports could have been categorised under more than one heading.


Care Applications – Child Abuse and Neglect

  1 Interim care orders for four children, young teenager placed in hotel
  2 Interim care order extended for two young children
  3 Care order granted for children who alleged physical abuse
  4 Care order for boy following five attempts at reunification
  5 Interim care order granted following incident, replacing supervision order
  6 Two-year care orders for two children amid concerns about abuse and domestic violence
  7 Interim care order extended for brothers where judge puzzled by parents’ approach
  8 Supervision order adjourned as father fails to secure legal representation, interim care order extended for sibling
  9 Interim care order extended where mother suffers from mental illness
10 Interim care order extended, access to mother refused
11 Interim care order extended while mother’s mental health assessed
12 Interim care order extended where mother suffering from mental health issues
13 Interim care order granted where mother has mental health issues
14 Care order to age 18 granted where mother suffering addiction and mental health difficulties
15 Care order review for young child amid sex abuse concerns
16 Interim care order extended while inappropriate behaviour of father examined
17 Interim care order for teenage mother extended amid concerns about violent boyfriend
18 Interim care order for newborn where mother’s mental health deteriorates
19 Hearing begins of interim care order application for three children of teenage parents
20 Interim care order granted for a newborn, judge tells young mother she can be reunited with child
21 Interim care order for newborn infant whose mother suffering from mental illness
22 Interim care order extended for infant where doubt about mother’s capacity to consent
23 Interim care orders further extended for three Traveller children
24 Care orders for three Traveller children amid alcohol and drug concerns

Care Applications – Child’s Emotional, Behavioural and Mental Health Issues

25 Interim care order for boy whose father cannot deal with behaviour
26 Full care order until 18 for teenager facing sentencing for criminal charges
27 Teenager detained under Mental Health Act following serious psychotic episode
28 Detention of girl suffering from anorexia nervosa, father not consenting
29 Third emergency care order granted for young boy who was self-harming
30 Bespoke residential placement directed for a child with serious mental health issues
31 Interim care order for transgender teenager

Separated Children

32 Emergency care order for suspected child victim of trafficking from Ukraine
33 Interim care order for unaccompanied minor forced to join militia
34 Interim care order for unaccompanied boy who was separated from brother on journey
35 Interim care order extended for unaccompanied minor escaping forced marriage
36 Interim care order for unaccompanied minor avoiding marriage
37 Full care order for unaccompanied minor fleeing war
38 Interim care order extended for four African children alone in Ireland
39 Interim care order for unaccompanied minor whose parents already in Ireland
40 Care order for unaccompanied minor who had been granted refugee status
41 Care order granted for unaccompanied minor, parents’ whereabouts unknown

Proceedings concerning Children in Care

42 Young boy in residential unit for two years awaiting foster placement
43 Review of child in care who had seven foster placements in two and a half years
44 Boy with complex needs placed in a holiday home
45 Interim care order for two months, longer order sought for assessments
46 Interim care order extended pending decision on special care
47 Positive reports on six children in care during review
48 Interim care order extended as witness summons issued to Garda investigating allegations against foster brother
49 Interim care order extended for girl discharged from special care

Extended rights to foster carers

50 Extended rights granted to foster parents


51 Progress towards reunification of five children with mother


52 Judge makes referral to aftercare for exceptionally vulnerable girl
53 HSE and CFA discuss how to respond to needs of non-verbal girl in care soon to turn 18

Legal Matters

54 High Court delays publication of its judgment finding HSE failed to uphold the rights of a child in care with disabilities
55 District Court grants application from maternal relative to be joined to proceedings in domestic homicide case
56 High Court considers judicial review of decision of Circuit Court to appoint GAL
57 Permission granted for McKenzie Friend to attend court with mother
58 Social worker criticised by court for failure to meet statutory requirement for child in care


59 Ten young people before Wards List in High Court

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