• The findings of the Child Death Review Group report are not just something that can be categorised as an Irish problem. Similar tragedies can be seen in Britain.
In 2009, two teenage girls in care, jumped, hand in hand, off the Erskine Bridge, Glasgow, close to where they lived. Both young people had a history of absconding, self-harming, and drug and alcohol abuse.
While care homes are often blamed, it must be noted that every such home is monitored externally by a social worker. Each care home, whether statutory or private, must also meet a certain standard in policy and procedure before it receives a registration enabling it to operate.