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HIQA Report highlights concerns over inadequate care for children – McLellan

24 March, 2015

Sinn Féin TD and Spokesperson for Children Sandra McLellan spoke today in response to the new HIQA report which reveals some children have been waiting years to be allocated a social worker in Cork and that services have been putting children at risk.

 Deputy McLellan said:

 “I have raised the issue of substandard and inadequate provision of care for minors in this state with the Minister for Children on many occasions both at Committee and in the Chamber.”

“The new HIQA report released today reveals the shocking findings from a full inspection of services in the county from October of last year.”

“The review of child protection and welfare services in Co. Cork by the Health Information and Quality Authority has found that children there were at significant risk as a result of failures by the Child and Family Agency – Tusla.”

“The report states that children in the county have been waiting years to be allocated a social worker. Some of the cases reported were deemed to involve children with ‘highly complex and acute needs’.”

“The longest a child had been waiting for a social worker to be allocated was since 2010 while most of the others had been waiting since 2013.”

“Of the almost 5,000 cases referred to Tusla in Co. Cork, more than 1,000 had no allocated social worker, including 234 who were deemed high priority. This is putting children squarely in harm’s way.”

“These finding have simply substantiated my calls for investigation into the substandard level of care, specifically in Co. Cork. It’s time the Minister listened.” 

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