Protecting the Rights of the Non-Offending Child in Ireland: Balancing State Rights with State Obligations CLAIRE BREEN University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand 1. Introduction This paper seeks to analyse the protection accorded to the rights of those Irish children who have been identiﬁed by the Irish Courts as being children who may for a multitude of reasons be regarded as being children at risk. In such circumstances, these children become subject to State intervention where the State acts in parens patriae . The authority of the State to adopt this role is both constitutionally and legislatively mandated. This right of State intervention to secure the welfare of children at risk should come accompanied, one would assume, with a concomitant obligation to ensure that the State will in fact secure that welfare. However, in terms of the reality of the extent to which the Irish State meets these obligations it has been stated that: when one examines what has been happening over the last few years, one cannot but be left with a sense of dismay. It is no exaggeration to characterise what has gone on as a scandal. 1 The scandal referred to is that of the
The International Journal of Children's Rights – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2004
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