Child welfare - 1971

Statement adopted by Committee (24th February 1971).

Under the Child Welfare Act, a child or young person (16-18 years) may be committed to an institution either for a specific term not exceeding 3 years, or generally. In the latter case, apart from a right of appeal within 21 days, a parent has no rights and the Minister's discretion is absolute. Representations should be made for an amendment to the Act in order to permit a court to review a refusal by the Minister to discharge a child under Section 54(2) against whom a general committal order has been made.