Immediate Release: 2nd June 2016
The Annual Overview Report on the Inspection and Regulation of Children’s Services 2015 has found inconsistencies in the quality of service provision for children and young people throughout the country. The report identified that the quality of service a young person received was largely dependent on the area they lived in.
Further issues of concerns raised in the annual report include: long waiting lists for assessments, quality of assessments, children not being allocated social workers in a timely manner and delays in notifications of alleged abuse to An Garda Síochána.
The report highlighted some positives such as children being aware of their rights. There was a high value placed on education in foster care services and timely support when children experienced difficulties in school. There were also improved systems in relation to care planning for children in detention.
Speaking following publication of the report, Director of EPIC commented:
“Every child and young person in Ireland should have equitable access to services. It should not be a post-code lottery. The report clearly highlights the need for all areas to have proper management and monitoring systems to meet the goals of the National Model of Service Delivery in order to provide a high quality service to our children and young people.
At the end of 2015, 21.5% of child protection and welfare cases were unallocated which is extremely worrying. All children should be allocated a Social Worker in a timely manner. The report again reiterates the need for Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, to be adequately resourced in order to fulfil its role.”
Notes to the Editor
- The HIQA report is available to read in full here https://www.hiqa.ie/press-release/2016-06-02-hiqa-publishes-its-annual-overview-report-irish-children%E2%80%99s-services-2015 (accessed 02/06/16)
For all media enquiries or to arrange an interview please contact:
Jennifer Gargan, Director of EPIC
Telephone: 01 8727 661 Mobile: 086 607 3866
EPIC (formerly IAYPIC) is an independent association that works throughout the Republic of Ireland, with and for children and young people who are currently living in care or who have had an experience of living in care.