Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Public Accounts Committee

Tusla - Financial Statements 2016

9:00 am

Mr. Fred McBride:

-----by saying that I believe that supervision orders are not used often enough because the legislation around them is inadequate. They do not give sufficient power to intervene properly with some of the issues that need to be addressed. Therefore, the courts and others revert to care orders. There is significant value in increasing the number of supervision orders but, in saying that, the powers within them need to be increased so that more use can be made of them.

I do not have the figure for our current number of supervision orders with me. We can get it, but the number is small as a proportion of care orders.


Anthony Whelan
Posted on 11 Dec 2017 9:57 pm (Report this comment)

i agree with increasing the application for supervision orders as opposed to seeking care orders in the first instance, but any violation of rights has to be proportionate to the perceived risk and strong evidence is needed as for a care order.

There is also the parents right to appeal

quite often bad intervention into a family becomes a battle between adults and the protection of the child lost

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