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Sunday 31 August 2014

No link between toddler's death and quality of services given

Shane Phelan

Published 17/07/2014 | 02:30

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THE National Review Panel found no link between the death of a toddler, known as Susan, and the nature and quality of the services she received.

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However, as with all of the cases investigated, it did find some shortcomings.

The 18-month-old girl died following an accident in her home. An inquest returned a verdict of death by misadventure and the incident was described as "a tragedy".

Susan had spent some time in foster care as she was considered at risk of neglect. However, she was later returned to her family.

The review panel was unable to find a written plan regarding Susan's return home.

A family support worker was allocated to the family after Susan was returned to them. However, no social worker was allocated, even though the case was considered "open".

Eventually, the support service was terminated due to a lack of engagement by her mother.

The toddler died in "a tragic domestic accident" a few weeks later. The details of the accident were not divulged by the review panel.

Irish Independent

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