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Ó Caoláin concern at TUSLA remarks regarding foster home abuse

13 April, 2016 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD


Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has expressed concern at remarks made by Fred McBride, Chief Executive of TUSLA which suggested that it would be better to leave a child in a care setting where abuse had taken place than have them removed to a different setting. 

The remarks were made following revelations exposed on Prime Time this week that children were left with a foster family for several years despite serious allegations of sexual abuse.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

“It is extremely worrying and upsetting to hear that children in state care were left in foster care settings despite allegations of sexual abuse. This has yet again exposed a system that has failed to protect those most vulnerable in our society.

“Sinn Féin supports the call for the establishment of an independent inquiry into these revelations. I would also like to say that I was deeply concerned at remarks made by Fred McBride, Chief Executive of TUSLA, on RTÉ Radio earlier today who seemed to suggest that in some circumstances it might be better to leave a child in a care setting where abuse has taken place rather than move them from that setting.

“We must examine care settings right across the board and instil through retraining and up-training the highest standards in management and oversight in every care setting in the land.”

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