Study shows child protection deaths
Two children in state care and 10 more known to child protection services have died so far this year, health chiefs have revealed.
Another young adult recently released from care also died in the first five months.
The total number of deaths revealed by the Health Service Executive (HSE) has already topped 2010 figures, when 11 deaths were reported.
The National Review Panel (NRP), set up to investigate deaths and serious injuries of children and young people known to social services, said it aims to identify weaknesses in policy and practice and ensure steps are taken to develop and improve services in child protection.
Dr Helen Buckley, NRP chairwoman, said: "Our thoughts today are with families of the children and young people concerned.
"The NRP is conscious of the heartbreak experienced by families (and) the impact on all the individuals who knew and worked with the children and young people involved."
The panel published six reports examining the deaths of five young people and one involved in a serious incident, all dating back to 2010.
Three of the deaths followed an accident, one was natural causes and one died by suicide.
Dr Buckley said the panel conducted its work anonymously to protect the confidentiality of the individuals and families concerned.
"There is nothing gained from adding further to their hardship by intruding in their privacy," she added.