Office of Care and Protection

Over 3,000 children in care in Northern Ireland

Over 3,000 children in care in Northern Ireland

By Lenore Rice The number of children recorded as living in care in Northern Ireland reached a record high in 2018. Over 3,000 children are the subject of a Care Order, and... Read more

Research looks at care orders in respect of obese children

By Lenore Rice At least 15 councils in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK have taken obese children into care or placed them on child protection registers in the... Read more

Diagnosis of dementia in younger people is increasing

By Lenore Rice Dementia is often considered to be a condition that only affects the elderly, but there are an increasing number of people in their 40s and 50s being diagnosed,... Read more

Mother loses appeal against decision to remove daughter

By Lenore Rice The Appeal Court in Belfast has upheld a decision to remove a teenage daughter from her mother and place her in a care centre in Dublin. We reported the... Read more

Son faked signature of brother to take £1.5m inheritance

By Lenore Rice Bristol Crown Court has heard that a man was cheated out of his share of a £1.5million inheritance after his businessman brother forged his signature to wind up... Read more

Mother loses child residency because of lifestyle

By Lenore Rice A court has ruled that a mother should no longer have residency rights in respect of her daughter because of her "degrading lifestyle" which was considered to be... Read more

Children's ministers discuss "loopholes" in sex offender law

Children's ministers Jeffrey Donaldson and Gerry Kelly met with Northern Ireland Office (NIO) minister Paul Goggins to discuss how cross-border co-operation could help protect youngsters from sex offenders.In news that... Read more

Care home financial advice 'essential'

Taking financial advice about retirement and care home provision is "essential", Saga has claimed.The magazine, insurance and holidays provider for the over-50s, has welcomed Gordon Brown's review on social care... Read more