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State funding should be withheld from childcare facilities that are not properly inspected - Mc Donald

29 May, 2013 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Speaking in the Dáil this evening Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Leader called on Minister for Children and Youth Affairs to ensure no State funding go to any child care facility that is not properly inspected, regulated and with suitably qualified staff.

Deputy McDonald said:

“As shocked as people were watching last night’s programme, we all understand that these are some of the consequences for society when caring roles are relegated to second class.  

“I am sorry to say that in many of the decisions taken by the Government, that trend of undervaluing carers and carers’ work has continued.  

“The programme clearly illustrated huge deficiencies in respect of not just the qualification of staff but the suitability of some staff in these crèches.  They include issues around regulation and inspection.

“These issues must be addressed as a matter of urgency, and no state funding should go to any facility that is not properly inspected, regulated and with suitable and suitably qualified staff.

“The second issue that arose from last night's programme is one of child welfare. What we witnessed was bullying and brutalisation of very young children.  

“When will the Children First guidelines be put on a statutory basis to oblige the responsible and professional people working in this sector to report any misconduct of this nature?”

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