Child law



Bill of Rights underpinned by UNCRC could be 'transformative' for children

A Bill of Rights, with the inclusion of specific children’s rights, underpinned by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), could be transformative for children in Northern Ireland, the Children’s Law Centre has said.

Published 30 April 2021

Children with disabilities being excluded from consultations on laws and policies

Children with disabilities are being excluded from consultations on laws, policies and programmes affecting them, a new report has found.

Published 12 April 2021

CCLRP says action is needed to address heavy impact of pandemic on vulnerable children

Neglect, reduced parental access and restrictions in vital support services mark the latest volume of reports published by the Child Care Law Reporting Project today on cases where the state sought orders to take children into or keep them in care.

Published 18 January 2021

Special rapporteur highlights need to reform Child Care Act 1991

The special rapporteur on child protection has highlighted aspects of the Child Care Act 1991 which merit "substantial reform" in his annual report for 2019.

Published 16 December 2020

Stormont 'failing children and young people', law centre warns

The Northern Ireland Executive is "failing children and young people", the Children's Law Centre has told the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

Published 16 December 2020

Denise Kirwan: Victims of crime – protections for child complainants

The Victims of Crime Act 2017 transposes Directive 2012/29EU into Irish law and defines a victim as “a natural person who suffered harm including physical, mental or emotional harm or economic loss which was directly caused by an offence”. Denise Kirwan, a partner in child and family law at Comyn Kelleher Tobin details the essentials of the legislation.

Published 26 June 2019

David Taylor: Who decides where a child in care should live?

David Taylor, solicitor in the child and family law team at Comyn Kelleher Tobin, considers a recent High Court judgment clarifying the powers of the District Court under the Child Care Act 1991.

Published 30 May 2019

Judge puts accent on tough love

A judge warned a teenager from Co Clare that he would be sent to Oberstown for so long that he would return home with a Dublin accent if he breached his bail conditions again, the Irish Examiner reports.

Published 7 February 2019