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Sinn Féin welcomes funding for Child Protection Services

25 February, 2009 - by Michelle O'Neill

Sinn Féin MLA and deputy chair of the Health Committee, Michelle O'Neill, has welcomed the £3.5million investment to help support child protection services. The announcement follows a series of meeting with Sinn Féin and the Health Minister, Michael McGimpsey, regarding additional funding for unallocated social services cases.

Speaking today Ms O'Neill said:

"Sinn Fein welcomes the funding today from the Health Department to boost social services and child protection. Sinn Féin had raised the issue, and the need to address the high level of unallocated cases in this field, at the Health Committee and we further met with Michael McGimpsey as Health Minister to press for this support.

"I am glad that this has now been delivered. We wholly acknowledge the good work that Social Services are undertaking in the field of child protection however, with over 1,000 unallocated files, the extra funding with enhance the capability of Social Services to tackle these outstanding cases.

"We will continue to press for increased child protection and ensure that the department must afford the highest level of protection for children."

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