Saturday 25 November 2017

Major review underway after hundreds of 'unidentified' files on children reported to social services found

Gordon Jeyes,Chief Executive of Tusla
Gordon Jeyes,Chief Executive of Tusla
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

A major review is underway after the discovery of hundreds of files relating to children reported to social services in Laois and Offaly.

Gordon Jeyes, chief executive  of Tusla the Child and Family Agency said around 700  unidentified files had been found .

“As an immediate action to address this issue a comprehensive review of all 700 files will be completed by Friday May 8 to ascertain which require further work by a social worke,” he said.

An immediate review has been commissioned into another 822 files to find out which have been acted on, he added.

He added:”The agency has advised the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs James Reilly and HIQA.”

He added:"The safety of children is the priority.  It is important that Tusla as an organisation has the integrity to stand over its commitment to prioritise children. I am taking this matter very seriously and an investigation will be conducted, independent of the local management, by the Director of Quality Assurance. Existing management and reporting processes will also be closely scrutinised as part of this review process.

“I  am determined that Tusla will be an open, accountable and reforming organisation with staff who are strong in their commitment to children, courageous in identifying and addressing practice where it has been poor.

"The tradition of sweeping problems under the carpet has no place in modern Ireland. Too many children were failed as a result of institutions who did not acknowledge and address failings. I am strongly committed to supporting good practice and to addressing poor practice.” 

“Any member of the public who has a concern about a child in Laois and Offaly can call our helpline 044 9395020.”

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