Molly’s case highlights need for better inter-agency cooperation – Mitchell
Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Children and Youth Affairs Denise Mitchell TD has said today’s report by the Ombudsman for Children into the supports for a child with a disability who is in the care of the State highlights the lack of coordination between the HSE and Tusla.
Deputy Mitchell said:
“This Report into the case of Molly raises serious questions around the level of coordination between Tusla and the HSE when it comes to providing vital supports for children with disabilities who are in the care of the State. The State has a duty to do what is in the best interests of a child, and where that child has a disability the care provided should be responsive to their needs and the supports required must be readily available. Sadly, this simply was not the case here.
“It is clear from the Report that the social workers themselves did not have any training or experience of children with intellectual disabilities and felt ill-equipped to support Molly and her foster family. That is simply not good enough.
“This Report also highlights the shameful inadequacy of respite care services across the State and how this Government has time and time again failed children with disabilities and their carers. This cannot be allowed to continue.
“I hope Tusla, the HSE and the various Government Ministers will take on board the recommendations of this report and ensure that vulnerable children in care - and their foster carers - are provided with all the supports they need to reach their full physical, cognitive and educational potential.”