Tuesday, 18 January 2011
Child Care (Amendment) Bill 2009 [Seanad]: Report and Final Stages
Charles Flanagan (Laois-Offaly, Fine Gael)
I share the view of my colleague, Deputy Jan O'Sullivan in many respects. As I suggested on Committee Stage, we should move away from such words as "detention", "being detained", "detention orders" and "places of detention" and we should look more towards phrases such as "safety" and "security". This is why such wording as "secure care" and in this case "placed in secure care" is preferable to phraseology and language such as "detention", which has penal or custodial connotations rather than such terms as "safety", "security", "help", "assistance" and "care". It is important to move from language that might be described as both obsolete and outdated and, in many cases, unfair.
I heard what the Minister of State had to say on Committee Stage but I am not convinced by his arguments. I call on him once again to be mindful of the importance of language which stresses care, security, assistance, welfare and protection rather than orders and detention. I call on the Minister of State to consider my proposal. In the event that he does not accept my wording, I have no difficulty with the wording put forward by my colleague, Deputy Jan O'Sullivan.