Troubled girl's transfer to UK care unit approved
A HIGH Court judge in England has made a ground-breaking decision to approve a troubled Irish teenager's transfer to the UK care system because her acute needs cannot be met in Ireland.
The 17-year-old, who has been in the care system since the age of three, has a history of acute depression and self-harm. Her turbulent behaviour was demonstrated by episodes of "self-choking", drug-abuse, and aggression.
She was identified in the court proceedings only as "S".
At one point, she was put in foster care, but all her placements broke down and, in 2010, she was transferred to a high support unit in Monaghan.
Staff at the unit concluded they could not keep her safe there and, in January, the Health Service Executive was granted an order permitting her to be detained at a special care unit.
However, because her needs could not be met in Ireland, her carers took the radical step of applying for her transfer to a specialist unit in England for "treatment and therapy".
The case became snagged by delays due to EU law, and it had to be resolved before she could be admitted to the English care unit.