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Report to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health and Children on complaints about child protection

The aim of this report is to bring to the Committee’s attention complaints conveyed to the OCO regarding child protection in Ireland.

This report contains a summary and analysis of 61 complaints submitted by members of the public. In the complaints, the complainants have indicated concerns about the way in which reports of child abuse, in all its forms, have been handled by the relevant authorities. The report highlights the issues of concern raised by the complainants and makes recommendations aimed at addressing the difficulties identified.

The report does not attempt to give an overview of child abuse in Ireland nor to substantiate the reports of child abuse or the substance of the complaints transmitted to us.