Children's Ombudsman Emily Logan has said she is not surprised by the report into the deaths of 196 children in the care of the HSE.
Reacting for the first time to the report, Ms Logan emphasised the need for the detail of child welfare cases to be made public.
She said Ireland needs to move childcare proceedings away from a courts system and towards an inquiry system.
Ms Logan’s comments come in light of a report published by the Child Death Review Group this week.
The report revealed that 112 children, who were in the care of the HSE or were known to child protection services, died from non-natural causes between the years 2000 and 2010.
The findings highlighted a long list of failures including inadequate record keeping.
The report also says that there are delayed responses and poor management within the HSE and between the HSE and other state agencies.
Speaking on RTÉ Radio One's This Week programme, Ms Logan said a lack of access to information due to legal wrangling is largely to blame for the findings.
She said a system that functions around the child and the family would be much more beneficial.