HIQA Inspectors Raise Concerns over Child Protection Services

HIQA Inspectors Raise Concerns over Child Protection ServicesThe Health Information and Quality Authority have published a report with regard to child protection services.  They have raised concerns about the services in Cork.

One of the main concerns is that timely actions were not taken to provide protection to children when he was found to be at a medium to low risk of harm.  The report on child protection and welfare services in the Cork North Lee local health area is based on the assessment of 27 standards.

After assessment, it has been found that eight standards were met and rest of the assessments was met in parts.  It shall however, be noted that on the whole, children have received safety services that have been handled by a qualified professional.

On the other hand, it has been said that services in Cavan and Monaghan were not satisfactory.  Inspectors said that as many as 512 cases have been found that have been awaiting initial evaluations by a social worker.

Not only this, the inspectors have found 13 children who have waited for more than one year to get further assessments.  Inspectors were of the view that one of the reasons for the delayed assessment could be increased demand of the services.