We are still letting down our children
Chronic failures in child protection are leaving victims at risk of abuse or neglect, writes 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.