Saturday 7 December 2019

Failures in foster care for children are rife: report

Inspectors identified a significant risk where a small number of relative foster carers had children placed with them since 2012, but no assessment had started
Inspectors identified a significant risk where a small number of relative foster carers had children placed with them since 2012, but no assessment had started
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

INSPECTORS who investigated the care of children in foster families found one child who had not been visited by social workers in over four years, according to a new report.

It also found some children from the same family were split up in different homes - in spite of a recommendation they stay together. The report - into foster services in the Dublin south west / Kildare and west Wicklow region - revealed that while 67 sibling groups were placed together, six were not.

"Although the percentage was not enormous, the impact of separating siblings cannot be underestimated," the report of the Health Information and Quality Authority said. The area also failed to meet 17 out of 19 standards. The service had no formal quality assurance or monitoring. More than a quarter of the 429 children in foster care did not have an allocated social worker. A number of children with no allocated social worker had not been visited.

Inspectors identified a significant risk where a small number of relative foster carers had children placed with them since 2012, but no assessment had started. Not all foster carers had An Garda Siochana vetting completed. Some allegations made against foster carers were not investigated properly.

Irish Independent

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