Thursday, 22 November 2018

Questions (204)

Maureen O'Sullivan


204. Deputy Maureen O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the protections and protocols in place to avoid a recurrence of a traumatic removal in which trauma was caused for the child, the mother and the professionals involved (details supplied); and the special arrangements in place, including a provision of a mother and baby unit, to minimise the trauma, particularly for the child in these circumstances. [48785/18]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

The Deputy will be aware that I am not in a position to comment on individual cases, or on matters which are the subject of court decisions.

 The decision to remove a child from the care of their parents is not one that is taken lightly, particularly at a young age. In all cases, the safety, wellbeing and best interests of the child must be the primary concern. 

I have written to Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, in relation to the operational matters raised by the Deputy. A further reply will issue when I have had their response.