Thursday 19 October 2017

Parents can see creche footage 'if appropriate'

Nick Bramhill and Cormac McQuinn

ONE of the creches at the centre of a TV investigation into alleged mistreatment of children has told parents they will only be able to view footage from newly installed CCTV cameras once their management has examined it.

Giraffe in Belarmine, Stepaside, Dublin, was one of three childcare centres which featured in an RTE 'Prime Time' probe last May.

After meeting with parents shortly after the undercover investigation, Girafffe's management promised to introduce a raft of measures to raise standards, including the installation of cameras across its 21 centres.

And in a letter circulated to parents last week, director of childcare Dolores O'Donnell also confirmed a full-time staff member would be taken on specifically to monitor CCTV footage. But she stressed parents would only be allowed to watch video recordings in "appropriate circumstances".

She explained: "We are required by law to balance the wish to be able to make footage available to parents on request with data protection requirements and the general right to privacy of those appearing in the footage."

Irish Independent

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