New CFA chairperson: Nora Gibbons
By Liam Gleeson
Norah Gibbon has been appointed as the new Chairperson of the Child & Family Agency (CFA), according to a statement by Minister for Children, Francis Fitzgerald.
Ms. Gibbons will initially be appointed as Chairperson of the existing Family Support Agency which is one of the agencies to be incorporated into the CFA
Minister Fitzgerald welcomed the appointment saying that the new agency represented the single greatest transformation in children and family services in the history of the state.
The CFA will be made from the merger of functions from three separate agencies; the HSE, the Family Support Agency and the National Educational Welfare Board.
" I am delighted the board of the agency will be led by Norah Gibbons, she is a true champion for reform of children’s services and one of Ireland's leading advocates for children.”
The Minister said that Nora's work with the Roscommon Inquiry and the Independent Child Death Review had given her an unprecedented insight into the consequences of child abuse and neglect and that she could think of no better person to lead the new board.
“ I'm heartened that the preparations, now underway, will allow the new agency to hit-the-ground-running, led by a world-class board and senior management team."
Miss Gibbons has worked in social work in both the statutory and voluntary sector in the UK and Ireland. She served as Director of Advocacy for Barnardos from 2005 to 2012 and was also a member of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse 2000-2009 (which produced the Ryan Report).
Norah chaired the Roscommon Child Abuse Inquiry in 2009, and co-chaired the Independent Child Death Review Group.
She was also formerly the chairperson of the board of Action Alcohol Ireland.
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