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Editorial: Child Protection and the 2016 Regulations

March 12, 2018

Welcome to the fourth edition of Advocacy in Action. We apologise for the delay in getting this edition into your inbox. 

Child Protection and the 2016 Regulations

The fact that child protection policy fell out of the revised regulations in 2016 is a matter of real concern to ECI. There is a opportunity to rectify this as the Department of Children and Youth Affairs is undertaking an extensive review of the Child Care Act 1991, which is where the legislative underpinning for the supervision of pre-school services can be found. ECI was very pleased to contribute to this process and took the opportunity to offer a series of amendments to the Child Care Act 2015, the Children First Act 2015 and the Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) Regulations 2016 to bring child protection policy back into regulation and the remit of the Tusla Early Years Inspectorate. 

We see this as a matter of best practice, which the early years sector is committed to meeting, and the best interests of children availing of ECEC services. We hope our efforts support the Minister and DCYA in remedying the current legal lacuna and look forward to further constructive engagement. ECI wishes to thank Dr. Fergus Ryan, senior lecturer in law at the Department of Law in Maynooth University, for his assistance in his personal capacity in developing our amendments. 

ECI Submission Child Care Act Review Feb 2018

 

Also this month

This month our Policy Officer Amy McArdle does a video introduction of Advocacy in Action Vol 4. Our feature piece looks at the Committee Stage of the Childcare Bill. Our Summing it Up infographic has some interesting facts and figures about school-age childcare in Ireland. We have an extensive section on representing our members, including a report on the Early Years forum, the Children’s Rights Alliance Seminar on Affordable Childcare Scheme and our meeting with the Scottish Minister for Childcare and Early Years, Maree Todd. We round up recent policy articles from our sister publication Early Times Weekly and offer you a selection of Oireachtas questions and debates relevant to early childhood care and education and the early years sector from last month. We hope you enjoy it.

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