Residential Childcare

Child Protection : Tackling Neglect

“Neglect is the hardest category to evidence” In her report on Tackling Neglect, Joanna Nicolas claims this is a ‘common cry from professionals’. According to Nicolas, neglect is the most prolific form of child maltreatment with 45% of all children subject to child protection plans placed in the category of neglect. Read her compelling report here

Workshop : Understanding Attachment Disorder

Social Care Ireland are coordinating a one day workshop facilitated by Joanna Fortune on Understanding Attachment Disorder and Tools for Practice. It will take place on January 31st in the LINC Centre, Institute of Technology Blanchardstown. This interactive workshop will explore the attachment cycle (healthy and unhealthy), various attachment disorders and behaviours associated with each.…

50% of Children in Custody Have Been in Care

Why have so many people in prison spent time in care as children? Criminology Lecturer Claire Fitzpatrick writes that ‘the great majority of children in care do not commit criminal offences, yet there is a stubborn over-representation of care leavers in the criminal justice system. Less than 1% of the population have been in the care…


One of the key areas to allowing people in care equal opportunities and equal outcomes is an Aftercare Plan and it’s implementation. A common issue in Residential Childcare; this articles asks, Minister Katherine Zappone and TUSLA – Aftercare….do you care?