Case Reports 2021 Volume 2

Reporters from the CCLRP attend cases in District Courts around the country selected on a random basis, and cases in the High Court involving children in secure care. Given the nature of some of the cases, which can go on for many months with multiple adjournments, not all case reports published below are complete, but rather reflect what happened in court on that day. We publish below the latest volume of such reports.


Unaccompanied minors

  1. Full care order for boy who arrived at Irish port in back of lorry
  2. One year care order for girl who arrived alone at Irish airport
  3. Care order for very young baby who came into the country without parents
  4. Interim care order for unaccompanied minor who fled from the Taliban
  5. Judge speaks to unaccompanied minor, grants care order
  6. Full care order for unaccompanied minor

Mental health issues

  1. Judges said “disgraceful” that no CAMHS assessment or placement for teen whose situation GAL said was “as bad as it gets”
  2. Care order granted for girl who had made “remarkable progress” despite “extraordinarily difficult” childhood
  3. Judge extends order for child detained in a specialist mental health centre for her own safety
  4. Order extended for child detained in specialist mental health unit due to serious self-harming behaviours
  5. Judge directs immediate assessment for deeply troubled child not permitted onto CAMHS waiting list
  6. Manager of HSE disability service summonsed to court

High Court cases

  1. High Court hears of problems of drug use by children in special care
  2. High Court hears of many issues with availability of onward placements

Child protection

  1. Interim care order extended for pregnant girl
  2. Judge directs neuro-feedback therapy for three siblings in care
  3. Judge directs CFA to accelerate refuse collection from home of vulnerable child
  4. Judge met with three young children prior to granting full care orders
  5. Interim care orders for children whose parents had criminal history
  6. Full care order for infant affected by drug use in pregnancy
  7. Interim care order for new-born amid drug and violence concerns
  8. Supervision order refused
  9. Interim care order for young child whose immigration status uncertain
  10. Judge permits GAL to seek subpoenas for foster care committee
  11. Judge asked to maintain oversight of a young person being adopted
  12. Interim care orders made for six children on consent, supervision order for seventh, amid concerns for children’s safety
  13. Interim care order where physical and sexual abuse alleged
  14. Interim care order extended as reunification planned
  15. Interim care orders extended for five abused and neglected children, where parents convicted of assault on one
  16. Interim care order extended for child who ran away from home and refused to return

Special Report

  1. Snapshot of District Court Cases Listed between October and December 2021 in the Dublin Metropolitan District

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