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https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1471-2466

https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9177-8966

Abstract

It is generally understood that administrative data at the level of the individual, family and wider population is fundamental to delivering client centred services which aim to support families and respond to, and reduce child abuse. They are valuable to policy makers and practitioners and play an important role in research. The focus of this paper is the potential use of administrative data from statutory family support and child protection and welfare services in Ireland for policy, practice and research. In the context of an evolving legislative and policy framework in Ireland, we provide an overview of the statutory family support and child protection services provided by Tusla Child and Family Agency. We suggest that this context provides an exceptional opportunity for developing administrative data sets in child protection and welfare and in family support. The benefits and challenges of developing administrative data sets are discussed. The paper concludes with recommendation for developing and linking administrative data sets to better understand and respond to the needs of children and families presenting to the services

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