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Guardian ad Litem is a person who is qualified and experienced in working with children and families. It is the Judge who is hearing the family’s case who appoints a Guardian ad Litem. Barnardos has been providing a Guardian ad Litem service since 1997 and covers all areas of the country. Barnardos provides Ireland's leading Guardian ad Litem service, where all Guardians ad Litem are professionally trained, properly vetted and have access to training, supervision and support. The Guardian ad Litem Service can make a real difference by promoting better outcomes for children who are subject to legal proceedings. We make sure the child’s voice is heard.
Barnardos’ Guardian ad Litem (at Law) Service provides children with an independent voice in court to represent their needs and wishes. A Guardian ad Litem who works with Barnardos is an experienced and qualified person, usually a social worker, with experience of working with children.
The information Barnardos Guardian ad Litem service collects about your child/children1 and how we use it, is governed by Data Protection law. This Privacy Notice explains what personal information Barnardos GAL service records, why we record it and how we use it.
This leaflet is called a Privacy Notice. It tells you who the service is for, how its keeps your information private, when we need to share it, why, and your privacy rights. Ask your Guardian if you have any questions about your privacy rights.