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An examination of recommendations from enquiries into events in families and their interactions with State services, and their impact on policy and practice


This project focuses on the recommendations within five inquiry reports published between 1993 and 2010 which concern cases of intra-familial child abuse in Ireland. The study draws on documentary material and data from interviews with persons involved in policy  making and service delivery as well as some individuals who were who were closely involved in the inquiry process. The objectives were to determine the degree to which inquiry recommendations were implemented and to assess their impact in the context of concurrent policy initiatives and reforms. The study suggests refinements to the process of devising inquiry recommendations. It also offers optional methods for reaching recommendations for inquiries which are primarily focused on the organisation, management and delivery of professional public services.

Commissioning Unit in DCYA:         Child Welfare and Protection Unit

Principal Investigator:                    Dr Helen Buckley

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