Saturday 3 December 2016

State's child protection failings should be made an election issue

Published 05/02/2016 | 02:30

The foster care scandal is just one more example of the failure by the State to properly protect some of the children in its care. Alan Shatter above, has compared this failure to the failure by the Catholic Church to do the same. Photo: Tom Burke
The foster care scandal is just one more example of the failure by the State to properly protect some of the children in its care. Alan Shatter above, has compared this failure to the failure by the Catholic Church to do the same. Photo: Tom Burke

It is a very sad fact that the start of the election campaign will now push the foster care scandal far down the news agenda to the point where it may never again receive the attention it deserves.

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If this happens, it will not only be an injustice to 'Grace', the intellectually disabled women left for many years with foster carers against whom terrible abuse allegations have been made, it will be an injustice to all other children failed by an extremely ramshackle, chaotic and unaccountable State children protection system.

By one of those almost unexplainable vagaries, this scandal has received a lot of attention whereas countless other child protection failings by the State have not.

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