Saturday 21 October 2017

It's not enough to castigate our childcare system -- we must act decisively

l While the publication of the Independent Child Death Review Group's report this week is undoubtedly welcomed, its mere public disclosure does not guarantee that our society will adequately change its practices in dealing with our most vulnerable children.

The sheer scale of the findings shows a shocking lack of critical, early support in how the State's childcare system deals with at-risk children. But, to say that these findings are surprising would be misleading.

For more than 20 years many social workers at the frontline of our childcare services have been describing the difficulties and constrictions that have blocked them from adequately carrying out their potentially life-saving work. Often social workers have been forced to go beyond what was required, sometimes taking from their own pockets to help children at risk when management denied resources.

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