Wednesday 7 December 2016

State must fill posts to protect children

Published 09/08/2011 | 05:00

GORDON Jeyes, the national director of the HSE's Child and Family Service, said in a letter to employees that he has never failed to be impressed by frontline staff, and that it is essential he amass the evidence to describe these qualities to the public.

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More essential is the need for existing vacant posts, which were ringfenced, to be filled. It is a travesty that they have been withheld for so long.

Not only must they be filled, a realistic staffing level must be provided in order to address the backlog of cases where children live in pain, terror, hunger, danger, sadness, despair and anxiety in Ireland.

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