BULLYING, assaults and children at risk - these are the allegations which have led to the closure of a children's home.
Rath na nOg High Support Unit in Castleblaney, Co Monaghan, which was opened for youngsters with emotional and behavioural problems and is currently home to two children, will close by November next year.
Watchdog the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) found fire safety, self harm and bullying issues were not properly managed by staff at the unit.
The report by HIQA claimed bullying and assaults on staff were taking place in the facility.
It also claimed a number of children were absent from the facility, and were at risk.
The Health Service Executive (HSE) said it was taking the step to shut the centre as the watchdog's report was released.
It found some instances of children and young people harming themselves or each other while some children admitted that they did not always feel safe and they were locked in from 9pm to 7.30am.
Hiqa said there were at least two recorded assaults on children in the centre.
It said that it found increased incidences of self harm that required admission to hospital, children being absent at risk, bullying others and threatening and assaulting staff.
Gardai were called regularly to help staff who felt it was not safe to physically restrain children due to the level of threatening behaviour.
Hiqa said the children being kept in the home felt the staff were not able to maintain order.
Inspectors revealed that fire safety measures were inadequate even though four fires had been lit within the centre in the six months prior to inspection.
Doors were locked and could not be opened automatically of smoke or fire was detected.
The HSE said the closure is in line with a national policy to decommission high support units and increase the services capacity of special care services.
Rath na nOg opened in late 2002 to provide a high support service for 12-17-year-olds who have experienced or presented with difficulties in previous placements and have emotional and behavioural issues.