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Social work for separated children seeking asylum in the Republic of Ireland: setting the standard for child-centred care and protection

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In response to the unhealthy, threatening living arrangements separated children seeking asylum were provided with in Ireland in the early 2000s, the Social Work Team for Separated Children committed itself to replacing the inadequate care with care that truly meets the needs of children. However, the transition to the level of service provided today has only been achieved after years of criticism and a slow, steady commitment to transparency. Increased levels of discretion afforded to the social workers has led to an evolving definition of the best interest of the child and given rise to a child-protection service that provides safe environments for children to thrive and grow. This report serves to briefly sketch the history of the service, outline several distinctive features of the service, and place the service in a broader European context.
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Keywords: Ireland; Social work; TUSLA; asylum; child-protection; separated children; unaccompanied minors

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: The Social Work Team for Separated Children Seeking Asylum, TUSLA Child and Family Agency, Dublin, Ireland

Publication date: October 2, 2018

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