Protections For Persons Reporting Child Abuse Act, 1998.


1.—(1) In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—

“the Act of 1994” means the Terms of Employment (Information) Act, 1994 ;

“appropriate person” means a designated officer or a member of the Garda Síochána;

“child” means a person who has not attained 18 years of age;

“designated officer” means an officer of a health board appointed under section 2 of this Act to be a designated officer for the purposes of this Act;

“employee” and “employer” have the same meaning as they have in the Act of 1994;

“health board” means a health board established under the Health Act, 1970 ;

“the Minister” means the Minister for Health and Children;

“welfare”, in relation to a child, comprises the moral, intellectual, physical, emotional and social welfare of the child.

(2) In this Act a reference to any enactment shall, unless the context otherwise requires, be construed as a reference to that enactment as amended, adapted or extended by or under any subsequent enactment including this Act.