Friday 23 February 2018

Andrews sets up panel to review child deaths

Patricia McDonagh

AN independent group will probe reviews into the deaths of children in state care over the past decade, it has emerged.

Children's Minister Barry Andrews said the panel will examine existing reports and reviews completed by the HSE in relation to children who did not die from natural causes.

On foot of this information it will provide a report which provides a key summary regarding the circumstances leading up to their deaths.

The report will also deal with the State's involvement with the child and make recommendations on how child protection responses can be strengthened.

The move comes amid anger at the level of care provided to vulnerable children over the last number of years.

A total of 23 children have died in the care of the State since 2000.

Irish Independent

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