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Residents in HSE-run disability centre were 'not safe' and living in a chaotic and fearful environment - report

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Residents in a HSE-run disability centre were living in a chaotic and fearful environment, an inspector’s report has revealed.

Ballytrim House in Donegal, which is home to children and adults with a disability, was not compliant with eleven regulations, according to Hiqa inspectors.

An incident report examined by the inspectors found an adult male resident had “stripped naked” in front of a young girl resident in the centre last March.

The inspectors were concerned that the adults and children who lived there were not safe.

They were observed to be afraid, distressed, and at times subject to assault and other safeguarding issues.

The report details a number of distressing incidents and on the day of the inspection, one of the children appeared fearful of an adult resident.

Inspectors heard her scream for help when this resident approached her and made a hitting gesture towards her.

An incident report examined by the inspectors found an adult male resident had “stripped naked” in front of a young girl resident in the centre in March last year However, it was not reported in keeping with Children First guidelines.

Another incident last year involved “very volatile, violent and aggressive behaviours that affected others living in the centre.”

A follow up inspection found improvements with children living in a separate section with their own play area. There was a strong management presence in the centre.

But overall the centre was still not suitable for the residents and the risk of aggression and violent incidents continued. An action plan has been set out by Hiqa to address the issues highlighted in the report.

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