In a recent Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) inspection report the body revealed that there were at least 63 children overdue a visit by social workers.

The HIQA revealed a number of shortcomings in services for children in care in the North Dublin area in the report, but it is worth noting that at the time of the report’s release, several months after the inspection, most complaints had been addressed.

Among the accusations in the report, the HIQA said: “Children in care were not consistently visited in line with regulations and standards”; “Records of visits were not kept up to date for all children”; and “Not all children had an allocated social worker”.

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Another point in the report suggested “The absence of consistent statutory visits meant there were insufficient safeguards
in place for children in care” and that “Safety planning required improvement”.

It was also reported that one child in the care of Tusla, the state child and family agency, did not receive a social worker visit for more than three years.

Dublin North East regional chief officer, Eilidh MacNab, said on RTÉ’s News at One: “We are taking immediate action to address these issues from the inspection in March and we’ve had significant improvements.”

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