The HIQA report on child protection services in Carlow-Kilkenny shows there is a long way to go before we can have full confidence that vulnerable children are getting the service they need, according to Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Children Robert Troy.
Deputy Troy commented, “HIQA found that the HSE systems in which social workers operated were not robust and some poor outcomes were identified for children.
“A significant number of National Standards were not met and procedures set out in the Children First Guidelines were not followed. There were waiting lists for assessments and for cases to be allocated to social workers that were not being effectively managed.
“The report also says that there were deficits in accountability and responsibility and there was little evidence of proactive planning, while risk management was not of good quality.
“On the positive side this report is welcome in that it brings a new scrutiny to these services. It also points out that the standard of social work practice and the quality of the child protection and welfare assessments were good.
“A key conclusion to be drawn though is that the Children First guidelines must be enshrined in law as soon as possible. The government promised the legislation would be published before Easter but there’s still no sign of it.”