Fianna Fáil Spokesperson for Children Robert Troy TD has called on the Minister for Children Katherine Zappone to initiate a review of risk assessment practices at Tusla, the Child and Family Agency.
Deputy Troy made the comments following allegations that a 19 year old with intellectual disabilities was left in a foster home despite allegations of sexual abuse associated with a carer at the facility.
“The information that has come to light regarding Tusla’s handling of allegations of abuse is alarming. It’s shocking that a 19 year old with intellectual disabilities was left in a care home despite the fact that Tusla removed two children from the facility due to concerns about the possibility of abuse occurring,” said Deputy Troy.
“One thing that has come to light is the apparent lack of communication between Tusla and the Health Service Executive. In this instance the 19 year old was the responsibility of the Health Service Executive, but while formal contact was made between the two agencies little to no follow up action seems to have occurred.
“Minister Zappone needs to launch a review of risk assessment practices at Tusla, and ensure that closer co-operation is established between the agency and the Health Service Executive to ensure abuse allegations are properly investigated and followed up on at all times.”