12 emergency care orders issued for children in Donegal in 2017

The Child and Family agency received 12 emergency care orders for children under 18 years of age in Donegal in 2017.

Emergency care orders are sought by Tusla when it believes a child is at immediate risk.

Nationally Tusla obtained 150 such orders for children at risk nationwide.

They last up to 8 days at which point Tusla is required to return to court to seek an interim care order, a longer running order or return the child to its parent or parents.

Some areas recorded no care orders including Galway-Roscommon and Mayo however the highest number of 39 orders was recorded in Cork City.