The Best Interests of the Child

Updated edition of this popular text consolidating all child-centred legislation, from the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child through to the referendum on children’s rights 2012, in an easy-to-understand format.

  • New to this edition:
    • Thirty-first Amendment of the Constitution (Children) 2012
    • Children First 2011 national guidance

  • Provides a clear interpretation of all child legislation and examines the implications of legislation for early childhood education and care.

  • Emphasises the care contract that exists in childcare in Ireland, how those working with children are charged with working in the best interests of the child and how this is enshrined in our laws.

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All childcare courses and for those working with children in any capacity.

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Publication Date

September 2013




Paperback, 160 pages

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Chapter 1: The Irish Constitution 
Chapter 2: UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
Chapter 3: Child Care Act 1991
Chapter 4: Protection for Persons Reporting Child Abuse Act 1998
Chapter 5: Definitions of Abuse
Chapter 6: Reporting Child Abuse
Chapter 7: Children Act 2001
Chapter 8: Child Care (Pre-School Services) (No. 2) Regulations 2006
Chapter 9: Mental Health Act 2001
Chapter 10: Guardianship of Infants Act 1964
Chapter 11: Status of Children Act 1987
Chapter 12: Adoption Act 1988
Chapter 13: Domestic Violence Act 1996
Chapter 14: Data Protection Act 1988 and 2003
Chapter 15: Ombudsman for Children Act 2002
Chapter 16: Educational (Welfare) Act 2000
Chapter 17: Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs Act 2004
Chapter 18: Disability Act 2005
Chapter 19: Criminal Justice Act 2006
Chapter 20: Child Care (Amendment


178 x 110 mm


By Eileen McPartland

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Eileen McPartland, MA Higher Education, BComm, Dip Legal Studies, teaches at Liberties College of Further Education, Dublin, on the CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Early Education programme. She also teaches on a range of NFQ Level 5 and Level 6 courses including Childcare Management Programmes, Applied Social Studies and Youth & Community Programmes. Eileen is the author of Supervision & Leadership in Childcare.

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