Republic of Ireland
History of the Branch
In 2013 BASPCAN was approached by professionals working and living in the Republic of Ireland who wished to constitute a local branch of BASPCAN. The initial meeting chaired by Dr John Devaney (then Chair of the Board of Trustees of BASPCAN) led to a steering committee becoming established with interested professionals from all parts of the country. The branch came into effect in Spring 2014, but unfortunately due to changes in charity law in Ireland BASPCAN is no longer able to run an Irish branch in this way and it has now ceased operation. We would like to thank all those who contributed to the branch and its activities.
We are still hugely supportive of the dedicated child protection professionals in Ireland, many of whom are BASPCAN members, as we believe there is much to be gained from the sharing of research and practice knowledge between the UK and Ireland. BASPCAN and members of the former Irish branch committee are considering options to continue this collaboration going forward.