Children First Act 2015


Number 36 of 2015


CHILDREN FIRST ACT 2015

REVISED

Updated to 30 June 2018


This Revised Act is an administrative consolidation of the Children First Act 2015. It is prepared by the Law Reform Commission in accordance with its function under the Law Reform Commission Act 1975 (3/1975) to keep the law under review and to undertake revision and consolidation of statute law.

All Acts up to and including Childcare Support Act 2018 (11/2018), enacted 2 July 2018, and all statutory instruments up to and including European Communities (Reception Conditions) Regulations 2018 (S.I. No. 230 of 2018), made 29 June 2018, were considered in the preparation of this Revised Act.

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Number 36 of 2015


CHILDREN FIRST ACT 2015

REVISED

Updated to 30 June 2018


Introduction

This Revised Act presents the text of the Act as it has been amended since enactment, and preserves the format in which it was passed.

Related legislation

This Act is not collectively cited with any other Act.

Annotations

This Revised Act is annotated and includes textual and non-textual amendments, statutory instruments made pursuant to the Act and previous affecting provisions.

An explanation of how to read annotations is available at

www.lawreform.ie/annotations.

Material not updated in this revision

Where other legislation is amended by this Act, those amendments may have been superseded by other amendments in other legislation, or the amended legislation may have been repealed or revoked. This information is not represented in this revision but will be reflected in a revision of the amended legislation if one is available.

Where legislation or a fragment of legislation is referred to in annotations, changes to this legislation or fragment may not be reflected in this revision but will be reflected in a revision of the legislation referred to if one is available.

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Acts which affect or previously affected this revision

Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 2017 (2/2017)

All Acts up to and including Childcare Support Act 2018 (11/2018), enacted 2 July 2018, were considered in the preparation of this revision.

Statutory instruments which affect or previously affected this revision

European Communities (Reception Conditions) Regulations 2018 (S.I. No. 230 of 2018)

Children First Act 2015 (Commencement) Order 2017 (S.I. No. 470 of 2017)

Children First Act 2015 (Commencement) Order 2016 (S.I. No. 211 of 2016)

Children First Act 2015 (Commencement) Order 2015 (S.I. No. 555 of 2015)

All statutory instruments up to and including European Communities (Reception Conditions) Regulations 2018 (S.I. No. 230 of 2018), made 29 June 2018, were considered in the preparation of this revision.


Number 36 of 2015


Children First Act 2015

REVISED

Updated to 30 June 2018




Number 36 of 2015


CHILDREN FIRST ACT 2015

REVISED

Updated to 30 June 2018


An Act for the purposes of making further and better provision for the care and protection of children and for those purposes to require the preparation, by certain providers of services to children, of child safeguarding statements; to require certain persons to make reports to the Child and Family Agency in respect of children in certain circumstances; to require certain persons to assist the Child and Family Agency in certain circumstances; to provide for the establishment of the Children First Inter-Departmental Implementation Group; to make provision for the preparation of sectoral implementation plans by Departments of State; to provide for the abolition of the common law defence of reasonable chastisement and, for that purpose, to amend the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act 1997; and to provide for related matters.

[19 th November, 2015]

Be it enacted by the Oireachtas as follows:

Annotations:

Modifications (not altering text):

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Application of Act extended (30.06.2018) by European Communities (Reception Conditions) Regulations 2018 (S.I. No. 230 of 2018), reg. 10(3), in effect as per reg. 1(2).

Unaccompanied minors

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(3) The Child Care Act 1991 as amended, the Child and Family Agency Act 2013, the Children First Act 2015 and other enactments relating to the care and welfare of persons who have not attained the age of 18 years shall apply to unaccompanied minors.

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