Immediate Release: 5th November 2015

A report published by the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has identified the lack of suitable placements available during inspection of a children’s residential care home. The HIQA report highlighted that despite staff attempting to maintain young people’s placements to ensure for stability, these placements were no longer suitable to meet the young people’s complex needs.

Speaking following publication of the report, Director of EPIC, Jennifer Gargan stated:

“This report highlights the need for comprehensive assessment and care planning in order to identify suitable placements which can provide high quality care for young people with complex needs.

The report shows that more intensive residential support and special care places are required with staff who have a wide range of skills and expertise to meet the needs of the young person.”

While the report highlights positives such as that young people were aware of their rights, worryingly, the report indicates that interventions used by trained staff did not always result in young people being safe.


For all media enquiries, or to arrange an interview please contact:

Jennifer Gargan, Director of EPIC                    

Telephone: 01 8727 661 Mobile: 086 607 3866

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