Tuesday, 24th March 2015
- Health and Information Quality Authority’s (HIQA) calls for an immediate action plan to be put in place to address risks to children in Cork.
- Published report found that many children who have a high level of need did not all have an allocated social worker or timely access to child protection and welfare interventions.
The contents of this report are deeply worrying. Of the 27 standards assessed by HIQA, 19 required further improvement. Over 20% of children had no allocated social worker. Of these unallocated cases, there were 234 assessed as high priority (priority one), 790 medium priority (priority two) and 143 low priority status (priority three)
Due to the seriousness of these risks, the Authority has sought an immediate response and requested that arrangements be put in place to address these risks through an immediate action plan.
I urge Tusla to move quickly to put an immediate plan in place to deal with these issues.