Saturday 3 December 2016

Female worker at State-run care home accused of sexual relationship with male resident (16)

Meadhbh McGrath

Published 18/06/2016 | 13:00

The Garda said the survey showed strong trust in the force, particularly among local communities
The Garda said the survey showed strong trust in the force, particularly among local communities

A garda investigation is underway following claims that a female assistant at a State-run care home had an inappropriate sexual relationship with a 16-year-old male resident.

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“Gardaí are investigating an alleged offence that occurred during the month of May 2016," a garda spokesperson told Independent.ie.

“The matter is under investigation.”

The care home, which is located in Munster, is operated by the Child and Family Agency, Tusla.

The worker, who is in her 30s, was suspended after another teenager at the care home told his parents about the relationship, the Irish Sun reports.

It is believed that the two were involved for the past year, but authorities were only informed of the relationship in the last month.

“While it is the policy of Tusla to not comment on individual cases it can be confirmed that any allegation of abuse or neglect of a child is managed in line with Children First. While this is ongoing, if required, a child safety plan is put in place,” a spokesperson for Tusla told Independent.ie.

“Where any such allegation relates to a staff member of Tusla or agency funded by Tusla, the allegation against the staff member is screened and investigated in line with the correct processes.   

“Tusla requests that an individual centre is not named in order to protect the privacy of the young people living there and in order to allow due process in respect of any staff member against whom there is an allegation.”

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