Serious concerns have been raised with the Minister for Children about deficiencies in child protection services - highlighted in two reports published in the past fortnight.

The concerns raised by the ISPCC relate to reports into Tusla services in Carlow, Kilkenny and South Tipperary, and a separate report by the Garda Inspectorate examining the way in which the force deals with cases of child sexual abuse.

Both reports highlight deficiencies in child protection, and outline delays in implementing reforms.

The Chief Executive of the ISPCC Grainia Long wrote to the Minister for Children Katherine Zappone earlier this week to highlight what she said were "considerable concerns" at the findings of the two reports.

"Each separately highlight significant deficiencies in our child protection system, perhaps even more significantly they also outline delays in reforms that are intended to remove previously identified shortcomings" she said.

The HIQA report found non-compliance in five out of the six national standards it examined, all five of which were described as "major non-compliances".

Ms Long said the report found that "some children who were at immediate risk of hard did not have timely interventions and found evidence that following some referrals, immediate action was not take to determine if the child was safe".

She said the Garda Inspectorate report, which highlights shortcomings in the approach of the gardaí to investigating child sexual abuse, including the use of untrained gardaí to interview child victims, and serious variations between different areas in the urgency with which these cases are dealt with.

Speaking to RTÉ's 'This Week' Grainia Long of the ISPCC said: "National standards are set for a reason, but we need to see implementation and standards being met."

"I don't think it is good enough that HIQA is finding five out of six national standards are not being complied with four years into the establishment of an agency (Tusla)."

"What we found with the Garda Inspectorate report was that it did a report in 2012 and found that less than half of the recommendations of that were implemented" said Ms Long.

"Children deserve a child protection service which is functioning, and the two state agencies that are responsible for child protection are Tusla and the Garda Síochána.

"And yet we still find time after time regulatory reports being published, and implementation taking far too long" she said.

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs said the budget of Tusla, the Child and Family Agency will exceed €750m for the first time, allowing the organisation to increase its staffing levels significantly and to address deficits identified in services provided, including those in child protection and social work services.