Media Statement in response to the passing of the Child Care (Amendment) Bill 2022
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In response to the Child Care (Amendment) Bill 2022 passing all stages of scrutiny today, Marissa Ryan, CEO of EPIC, Empowering People in Care said:
“EPIC, Empowering People in Care welcomes the passing of the Child Care (Amendment) Bill 2022, which reforms the guardian ad litem system. Courts can be intimidating, stressful and overwhelming places for children who are subject to care proceedings, and Guardians ad Litem play a significant role in ensuring a child’s views are known and heard by the Court. The new Bill explicitly recognises that the voice and best interests of the child are paramount in relation to their care, in line with Ireland’s human rights obligations. EPIC believes the automatic appointment of a Guardian ad Litem in proceedings under the Mental Health Act and in relation to special care, as provided for in the new Bill, is an important and necessary safeguard for particularly vulnerable children.