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Legislation & Policy
  • Children First Act 2015

  • Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015

  • UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (United Nations) (1989)

  • UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2006)

  • Children First Guidance 2017

  • Protection for Persons Reporting Child Abuse Act 1998

  • National Vetting Bureau Acts 2012 and 2016

  • Freedom of Information Act 2014

  • Data Protection Act 2018

  • Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005

  • Mental Health Act (2001) and amendment 2018

Policies, strategies, plans 

International, European and Irish legislation and policy underpin health and social care practice. The EU provide conventions and charters on rights of children, people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups. The Childcare Act (1991) has been the most significant piece of Irish legislation that underpins social care practice, however in the last decade there has been a significant increase in the  development of legislation, mostly in response to the both the emerging needs of society and its members and also developed from enquiries and tribunals into how the state failed in its care to Irish citizens in the past. Examples of some of the relevant legislation, policies and strategic plans are listed below

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