Colin Murphy: Adam’s parents deserve the truth about their son

An investigation into the care of a 14-year-old boy highlights missed opportunities during his life and after his death

21st August, 2016
Stories like that of Adam are sadly all too common in this country Picture: Shutterstock

At At 11 years old, Adam still believed in Santa Claus. At 13, he was smoking hash. At 14, he was dead.

His story was one of those told in the latest reports published by the Child and Family Agency’s National Review Panel on the deaths of children in care. That story reveals a litany of failures to provide him with the services he needed when he needed them.

Adam’s home situation was difficult: he didn’t...

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