Dáil debates

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Child Care (Amendment) Bill 2009 [Seanad]: Report and Final Stages


5:00 am

Photo of Jan O'SullivanJan O'Sullivan (Limerick East, Labour)

The Minister of State has given some comfort in so far as he has outlined areas where the welfare of the child is required. My concern is that in these situations it is important that we push to the maximum in terms of the voice of the child being heard, primarily given the experiences of the past, where these kinds of enabling terms were used but in practice were not implemented. These children are already in quite a powerless situation. The kinds of situations we are discussing concern what is beneficial to the child where the child needs medical or psychiatric assessment or examination. Where possible, it is important that these children are empowered to at least have their voices genuinely heard as opposed to a position where they may or may not be taken into account.

While I take some comfort from what the Minister of State has said, I would prefer that the wording we have suggested is included in the legislation. It would bring the balance a little more on the side of the child rather than on the side of those who are detaining the child.


Catherine Mills
Posted on 2 Mar 2011 1:56 pm (Report this comment)

Jan, with respect, you need to learn about these assessments and see for yourself the damage done to children - in breaking them down - mental torture under the human rights law- but ignored in Ireland.
Children in ireland have been dehumanised in the past, which meant the consciences of adult rapists and abusers were free to do as they wished with innocent children.

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