Sunday 22 October 2017

We are still letting down our children

Chronic failures in child protection are leaving victims at risk of abuse or neglect, writes Shane Dunphy

AT RISK: Our child protection system needs an overhaul, says report (picture posed by model)
AT RISK: Our child protection system needs an overhaul, says report (picture posed by model)

Shane Dunphy

Six months ago, I had to call child protection services about a gravely serious matter. Someone had given me very detailed information that indicated a six-year-old child was being abused by a neighbour, and that images of the abuse were being posted on the internet.

I informed the social worker who took my call of those facts, and informed her that I had a name and address for the child, and could Tusla please send a worker out to check on her safety.

The response I received was terse to the extreme - I was told the Child and Family Agency did not involve themselves in matters of that nature.

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