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Eilish O'Regan: It will still take years to ensure safety of our most vulnerable

Eilish O'Regan Health Correspondent

Published 29/03/2011 | 05:00

THE decision to remove the responsibility for child welfare and protection from the Health Service Executive (HSE) may seem like the perfect panacea to the shaky system that exists currently.

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Public faith in its ability to cope with the growing number of disturbed children, whose lives are full of cliff-edge dangers, has been shattered by various inquiries.

The plan by Children's Minister Frances Fitzgerald, as set out in the Programme for Government, is to transfer the work to a new agency. But this could take years to achieve.

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