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Discretion and Decision-Making: Voluntary Care and Private Family Arrangements in Ireland

Kenneth Burns, Conor O’Mahony and Rebekah Brennan, Voluntary Care in Ireland Study

Professionals in child protection and parents need a robust and clear legal and policy framework when making decisions about the entry of a child / young person into state care. This paper examines qualitative and survey data from social work and legal professionals about how these decisions are made in voluntary care and private family arrangements in Ireland.

The presentation will examine the high level of discretion afforded by the system in Ireland and asks if this is the best model of decision-making to best meet the needs of children, young people and their families.

This seminar is part of the DARES Seminar Series 2021 -2022. Details of the upcoming seminars are below.

Wed 11th May 2022

Speaker and topic to be confirmed.

All of the seminars will be 10am to 12noon—online via Zoom.

A  Zoom link will be emailed 2 days before the event to all those who have registered on Eventbrite.

Should you require any further information, please contact Amanda McKittrick

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Wednesday 16 March

10am to 12pm


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