HSE criticised over child protection in Carlow/Kilkenny

THE HSE has come under fire for failing to comply with child protection standards in Kilkenny and Carlow, in a new report from the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA).

THE HSE has come under fire for failing to comply with child protection standards in Kilkenny and Carlow, in a new report from the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA).

The report, published today is the result of a series of pre-announced visits to local welfare and child protection services. There were 1,156 reports of child protection and welfare concerns for the 12-month period October 2011-2012.

Overall, the report says that services to children were safe. However, many of the standards required were only ‘met in part’, while others were simply not met.

For example, HIQA inspectors found that HSE personnel had failed to consistently notify Gardaí about abuse issues, and said that some files on at-risk children were inaccurate of out of date. There was also ineffective management of both waiting lists for assessments and the allocation of social workers to cases of children at risk.

The HSE has supplied a 20-page response detailing how it is working to address the issues highlighted. It is included in the HIQA report.