‘Understanding Section 3 Assessments by TUSLA - the Child and Family Agency’

TUSLA - the Child and Family Agency - is a statutory organisation, established in January 2014 under the Child and Family Agency Act 2013 which amends the Child Care Act, 1991 mandating TUSLA with a statutory duty to promote the welfare of children who are not receiving adequate care and protection.

TUSLA may apply to the courts for a number of different orders in respect of children who are at risk or who are in need of care. These orders give the courts a range of powers (including decision-making), about the type of care necessary and about access to the child or children for parents and other relatives.

This webinar examines TUSLA’s obligation to identify children who are not receiving adequate care and protection by carrying out a “Section 3 Assessment” in the specific context of cases involving an allegation of child sexual abuse or neglect, and covers:

  1. the history of Section 3 assessments
  2. the Section 3 procedure
  3. recent legislative developments in the context of Section 3 assessments
    (cross examination)
  4. The Barr decision 1998 in Q -v- Gleeson IEHC26 (1998 4IR 85).


Arthur Dennehy is a Solicitor, and General Manager of the Child and Family Agency advising at National Level in respect of implementation, operation and litigation arising from the Section 3 process.

Category of CPD: Category A (General)
Duration: 0.75 Hours

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