Please see the following press release from DCYA

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs is inviting written submissions on its initial proposals to amend the 1991 Child Care Act.

The Child Care Act 1991 is the key piece of legislation whereby the State, as a last resort and for the common good, may intervene to supply the place of parents as provided for under Article 42A.2.1. Although the Act has undergone some amendment (such as to make provision for special care), many of its key provisions have been in place for 25 years. Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures: The National Policy Framework for Children and Young People contains a specific commitment – under the outcome of children being safe and protected from harm – to ‘review and reform, as necessary, the Child Care Act, 1991′.