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Decisions are made every day about children’s lives and their welfare. Most of the time, these decisions exclude the very people they will affect. With limited power to speak up on their own behalf, a CRIA can be a powerful tool for including children in decision-making.


This seminar will outline the legal framework and Ireland’s obligations under Irish law for children’s rights and the role of the Guardian Ad Litem in legal proceedings.

It will also cover the issue of Special Care which is available to children in Ireland. This is a stabilising intervention which provides for the safe care of children in a secure and therapeutic environment.


We will also discuss the Child Care (Amendment) [Guardian ad litem] Bill 2022 which provides for reform of the Guardian ad litem (GAL) system in childcare proceedings (Section 26 of Child Care Act 1991). It will outline what the proposed reforms mean for the Guardian ad litem (GAL) system in childcare proceedings and will also discuss a Regulatory Impact Assessment conducted on the Child Care (Amendment) [GAL] Bill 2019 by the Department of Children, Equality, Integration, Disability and Youth.


A Child Rights Impact Assessment (CRIA) is a key mechanism for implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and a crucial tool for advancing children’s rights. The use of CRIA supports a systematic assessment and communication of the impact of a proposal or measure on the rights, needs and interests of children and young people.

Crucially, a CRIA offers a framework to critically assess whether the best interests of the child, one of the guiding principles of the child, are at the heart of the proposed action or policy.


The seminar will conclude with a talk from the Ombudsman for Children’s Office on how a CRIA can deliver better decision-making for children and the steps involved in the evaluation process with a view to implementing a policy. The OCO have also published a recent report on a CRIA conducted in response to school closures which can be read here.

Our speakers will share their experience and the learning outcomes from their work with us, following on from conducting such a timely and relevant impact assessment and will provide an interesting and insightful element to this seminar.


Who should attend

This seminar will be of interest to anyone who is working in the area of childcare, child welfare, social care as well as legal professionals and public servants.



Seminar Speakers

Catherine Roe is an Assistant Principal Officer in the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth. She works in the area of child care legislation and children’s rights policy.

Jude Murray, BL, Child Welfare

Diego Castillo, Policy Officer, Ombudsman for Children’s Office

Sarah Groarke, Policy Officer, Ombudsman for Children’s Office


Full Course Details

Title: Child Welfare & The Provision of Services for Children in Ireland
Date: Wednesday, April 27th
Time: 10.00am – 1.00pm
CPD: 3 CPD Hours
Method of Delivery
: Online
Fee: €325




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All of our open programmes can also be run on an in-house basis. For more information, see our page on In-House Training.




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