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Sinn Féin to forward motion for inquiry into abuse and exploitation of children

18 September, 2013 - by Maeve McLaughlin

Sinn Féin MLA Maeve McLaughlin said the party will be putting forward a motion to the Assembly calling for an inquiry into the recent abuse and exploitation of children both in care homes and elsewhere.

The motion calls on the Minister for Health to liaise with the Minister for Justice and launch an immediate inquiry into the revelations.

The Sinn Féin spokesperson on Health and Chair of the Assembly’s Health Committee said:

“It is a serious indictment on our society when children are placed in care homes to keep them from harms way when in fact some are being placed in even greater risk.

“This has happened under the watch of the Health Minister and the Department of Health.

In 2011 Barnardos published a report paid forby the Health Department that made several recommendations concerning the welfare of children in care homes.

“Indeed five of the six recommendations fell under the remit of the Health Department and the minister needs to tell us how many of these recommendations have been implemented and when they where implemented.”

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