Monday 23 October 2017

State must fill posts to protect children

GORDON Jeyes, the national director of the HSE's Child and Family Service, said in a letter to employees that he has never failed to be impressed by frontline staff, and that it is essential he amass the evidence to describe these qualities to the public.

More essential is the need for existing vacant posts, which were ringfenced, to be filled. It is a travesty that they have been withheld for so long.

Not only must they be filled, a realistic staffing level must be provided in order to address the backlog of cases where children live in pain, terror, hunger, danger, sadness, despair and anxiety in Ireland.

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