ISPCC responds to HIQA reports into residential care and calls for improvement
The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC) has today called for improvements following five HIQA inspection reports into children’s residential care services across the country. The reports highlighted a number of issues concerning child safeguarding and protection procedures and proper management.
The ISPCC welcomes the fact that the children residing in the residential services were on the whole, well looked after and received good quality of care. In one centre, children informed inspectors that they were happy to live in the centre.
However, there were a number of issues raised across the various reports:
ISPCC Chief Executive Grainia Long said: “Unfortunately, the issues which have been highlighted within this report are not new – there are ongoing concerns in relation to the protection and safeguarding of children who are in the care of the State. However, the unannounced reports have raised other points – some children are not attending school while others challenging behaviour is not being managed effectively.
“In each inspection, several of the national standards were inspected against. In one centre, only one standard was met out of seven inspected. Across the five reports, only 30% of the standards were met. Despite the fact that one of the centres was inspected in August 2016 with a number of recommendations introduced, improvements have been slow.