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OCO Special Report on Safety and Welfare of Children in Direct Provision

The Ombudsman for Children’s Office (OCO) has  published a Special Report on the Safety and Welfare of Children in Direct Provision. This is the first time that a report of this kind has been laid before the Oireachtas since the OCO was established in 2004.

The Ombudsman for Children has published this report because he is not satisfied with the response to his 2021 investigation on Direct Provision and he feels that the crisis-driven response currently being executed by Government has made the situation worse for children living in State-provided accommodation. He also feels that since the OCO published its first investigation into Direct Provision in 2021, progress on the White Paper on Direct Provision has stalled or regressed.