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Saturday 17 March 2018

Health watchdog to start inspections of HSE child protection and welfare services

Eilish O’Regan

THE Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) is to begin inspecting child protection and welfare services run by the Health Service Executive (HSE) as part of a new measure to find out how well they are run.

HIQA published the different standards which the services will be required to meet as part of the inspections, checking for speed of response to reports of concern about children as well as whether social workers are being properly supervised.

It follows a raft of reports which highlighted major faults in childcare services, all of which were the subject of investigation after a tragedy.

Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald said: “From now on HIQA will constantly and consistently monitor and interrogate services being provided by the nation’s children.

“The critical aspect of these standards are that they will be tested, checked, assessed and audited. That is a radical step.”

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