The case for reforming the childcare system
There is a widespread belief among childcare professionals that most cases would be better dealt with away from the adversarial court system, writes Susan Mitchell.
Court proceedings concerning children are part of the legal mainstream. It is now the norm to have four or even five legal teams in court proceedings that involve what is called a care order.
The Health Service Executive (HSE) will have its legal team, while the parents may have one or two legal teams. Then, there may be a court-appointed guardian ad litem (Gal) with another legal team. The role of a Gal, who is...
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