Tuesday 26 September 2017

Shane Phelan: Tragic teen fell through cracks in chaotic system

Daniel's story was one of the most damning in a 2012 report of the Independent Child Death Review Group. (Stock image)
Daniel's story was one of the most damning in a 2012 report of the Independent Child Death Review Group. (Stock image)
Shane Phelan

Shane Phelan

The killing of 17-year-old Daniel McAnaspie in 2010 was one of several tragic deaths of young people which would prove to be the catalyst for the setting up of the standalone child and family agency Tusla.

His story was one of the most damning in a 2012 report of the Independent Child Death Review Group, which looked at the deaths of 196 children and young adults in care, aftercare, or known to child protection services over a 10-year period.

Daniel was known to the HSE from an early age and the report laid out in detail how he was repeatedly failed during his all too short life.

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