HIQA inspection into foster care service in Dublin South Central raises serious concerns – Devine
Sinn Féin Senator Máire Devine has said that while social workers and ‘on the ground’ staff go above and beyond, a recent inspection report by HIQA into foster care services in Dublin mid-Leinster and Dublin South Central conducted in late 2-16 found significant risks in relation to child welfare within the system.
Senator Devine said
“In light of all of the recent stories around Mother and Baby Homes and the ‘Grace case’ among others, I am shocked but not surprised that we are still seeing active incompetency and dangerous malpractice with regard to organisations that are supposed to be safe guarding vulnerable children. I am also especially concerned as this report is in relation to my local area of Dublin South Central, including but not limited to Rialto and Ballyfermot.
“Out of the 26 standards assessed under this inspection, only one standard was met, 20 standards required significant improvement and there were significant risks in relation to five standards. These five standards included safeguarding and child protection, assessment and approval of relative foster carers, reviews of foster carers, management and monitoring of foster care agency and training and qualifications. These are not mundane or insignificant areas- these are the pillars of service for vulnerable young people, and I am seriously concerned about the fact that proper standards are not being reached, and TUSLA’s own policy is not being followed.
“Upon primary reading of this report, it is clear to me that the social workers and ‘on the ground’ staff go above and beyond to deliver the best for children that they can within this service. Further inspection is required to identify if this is a management or resource issue, and for this reason I will be bringing this report forward to the Joint Committee on Children and Youth Affairs as a matter of urgency.”