System failure

The appointment of social workers to represent children in court cases is unregulated and expensive, and reform is long overdue

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
15th October, 2011

{ "#" : "The appointment of social workers to represent children in court cases is unregulated and expensive, and reform is long overdue Numerous reports have called for better regulation of Ireland’s guardian ad litem service, yet the state-backed service remains largely unaccountable and unregulated. Guardians ad litem (Gals) are usually qualified social workers, and have a critical role to play in Ireland’s child protection system. They are supposed to operate as independent experts who...

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