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Child protection service in Shannonside Northern Sound region non-compliant in three areas

Jul 6, 2022 10:07 By News Northern Sound
Child protection service in Shannonside Northern Sound region non-compliant in three areas Child protection service in Shannonside Northern Sound region non-compliant in three areas
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Inspectors raised concern over risks identified for seven children.

A child protection service in the Shannonside Northern Sound region has been found to be non-compliant in three areas.

HIQA has published a report into the service operated by Tulsa in Sligo, Leitrim and West Cavan.

This inspection took place in March of this year and examined compliance with the national standards relating to the management of children who are at ongoing significant risk of harm

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Overall, one compliance was recorded in the Sligo, Leitrim, West Cavan area and three areas were deemed 'non-compliant'.

Two other standards were found to be substantially compliant.

Inspectors raised concern over risks identified for seven children, but not all had received a visit and regular visits to other children were also not scheduled.

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There was also concern raised over the time frames for children to receive child protection conferences and reviews- even though they were highlighted as being carried out properly

Inspectors also highlighted a need for more effective governance and management systems to provide a more consistent and safe service as well as the need to improve monitoring and risk management systems.

The area was praised for its overall care of children and supported and promoted multidisciplinary involvement and cooperation to ensure that the needs of children were met in a timely way.

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Speaking about the report, Liam White, Tusla Area Manager for Sligo, Leitrim and West Cavan said: "The inspection highlighted the important and essential work Tusla does with children and families however it is clear that further progress is required if we are to meet the standards we want for our service."

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