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HIQA inspections show foster care services not fit for purpose – Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

5 April, 2018 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Disability Rights and Older people, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has said that the publishing of three HIQA reports this morning, conducted in three different Tusla service areas regarding the provision of foster care services, show unsatisfactory results.

These results vary from ‘non-compliant’ to ‘majorly non-compliant’ cause deep concern, and demand urgent answers from Minister Zappone

Deputy Ó Caoláin said;

“I am deeply troubled by the findings contained in these published reports. 

"I most concerned with the review carried out in my own constituency of Cavan/Monaghan, where the inspected setting was found to be non-compliant in seven areas, two of which were deemed ‘majorly’ non-compliant.

“Issues of major non-compliance in the areas of safeguarding and child protection along with reviews of foster carers are deeply unacceptable and are potentially placing already at-risk children at further risk.

“Four years after the setting up of Tusla, this situation is quite simply reprehensible and I have no doubt resourcing issues are certainly feeding into the situation.

“Delays in completing assessments of relative carers, not enough supervision being carried out, insufficient foster carers in the area to meet the demands of the service, more children being placed in a foster care household than is recommended and the foster care committee in the area not being fully compliant with national policy, all point towards the need for more resources.

“I am calling yet again on the current Government to forget about any notion of tax breaks for the better off in Budget 2019.

“The people of Ireland are a fair minded people. They are looking for a high quality of care for children in foster care. 

"They are demanding a significant investment in the needs of people with disabilities. They are looking for a top quality health service with nobody suffering the indignation of lying on a hospital trolley. 

"They are looking for a top class education system for their children and they are looking for a roof over the head for the thousands of families who are homeless in Ireland today.

“Budget 2019 needs to be about rebuilding our public services for all of our people, not putting money back into the pockets of the few.” 

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