Friday 28 July 2017

Public confidence in Tusla has been knocked - Children's Rights Alliance

Tanya Ward. Photo: Damien Eagers
Tanya Ward. Photo: Damien Eagers
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

The Children’s Rights Alliance has welcomed an independent investigation by HIQA into how Tusla manages allegations of child abuse.

Ms Zappone made the announcement outside of Government buildings today, as she made her first media appearance since the scandal erupted.

Tanya Ward, Children’s Rights Alliance Chief Executive said public confidence in the child and family agency has been knocked by recent revalations.

“The public confidence in Tusla’s ability to keep children safe and respect the rights of families in the Cavan region has been knocked by the Primetime revelations," she said.

"We need to know that when a complaint is made to Tusla about a child that it will be properly investigated and that families will be treated fairly.

"Just like the Gardaí, Tusla has sweeping legal powers that empower them to intervene to keep children safe from abuse, neglect and harm. HIQA’s inquiry must provide answers as to how so many mistakes were made in this case.

"Why was the original complaint not effectively investigated? Why were fair procedures not applied to Maurice McCabe? What data protection procedures were in place? What oversight was in place?"

Ms Ward said that there are still "serious concerns" around our child proetction systme.

"Tusla has made great strides in reforming children and family services in Ireland. However, this recent case shows that there are still serious issues within our child protection system in terms of quality and effectiveness in certain parts of the country. HIQA’s inquiry is a welcome first step in re-building public confidence in our child protection system," she said.

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