Tuesday 20 February 2018

Colum Kenny: Kids in care need support from more than just social workers

The recent report on child deaths in care captured the reality of the lives of those at risk, says Colum Kenny

When the 200 kids who had been in care since 2000 died, where were the parents and families? Where were the politicians who carve up public services to suit their agendas and who appoint political friends to run State boards? Who exactly were the ministers who made the system?

Some families do their best, such as the family of Devlin Kavanagh, whose story is told above.

Many of these kids are out on the edge long before they reach social services. Social workers who are overworked and dedicated make easy scapegoats for politicians with skewed priorities and for years of managerial confusion.

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