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Failure of Tusla to acknowledge child protection complaints from Oberstown Youth Detention Campus raised with Minister - Denise Mitchell TD

24 January, 2018 - by Denise Mitchell TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Children and Youth Affairs Dense Mitchell TD has raised concerns with Minister Katherine Zappone over failures of Tusla to acknowledge receipt of child protection complaints from Oberstown Youth Detention Campus.

Speaking at the Children and Youth Affairs Committee on Wednesday, where HIQA’s 2017 Inspection Report was discussed, Deputy Mitchell said:

“There is an issue raised in the Inspection Report about the reporting of child protection incidents and complaints, in particular the fact that Tusla did not acknowledge receipt of three formal reports from the Designated Liaison Person (DLP) at Oberstown.

“That is very concerning to me. I would have assumed the Child & Family Agency would have considered any reports to Tusla from Oberstown to be highly important and of high priority, but for some of them to not have even been acknowledged is extremely concerning.”

The Minister confirmed to Deputy Mitchell that she would raise this with Tusla at her next meeting.

In response, Deputy Mitchell said:

“I welcome the commitment given by the Minister to raise this issue with Tusla. With the introduction of mandatory reporting in recent weeks, Tusla will likely see a significant increase in its workload. It is of the utmost importance that Tusla has the capacity and resources to deal with this increased workload in a timely and efficient manner.”


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