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Reports into deaths of five children in State care due today

It is believed one of the reports concerns a “very young” child.

REPORTS INTO THE deaths of five children who were in State care are due to be published today.

The reports, carried out by an independent panel of child protection experts, are to make recommendations about the way children in State care are dealt with.

This is the fourth year that the National Review Panel has reviewed deaths of children in State care. While it is not known how many children died in State care last year, these five are believed to cover a young child and one 20-year-old and all occurred in different years.

Causes span accidents, terminal illness and a child who used drugs.

The reports come just weeks after the Logan Report into the removal of two Roma children was called “a wake up call” for Ireland’s child protection system.

Read: ‘A wake up call’: Where to now after the Logan Report?

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