According to the Child Law Project (CLP), children with complex needs are being placed in inappropriate facilities, including hotels and holiday homes, due to a lack of suitable places, and this is an issue that politicians must urgently address.
According to the latest CLP reports published on Wednesday, a District Court judge has described the situation of a teenage boy in a holiday home as “disorderly”, saying it was “beyond belief”. that the State is paying 780,000 euros annually. Management that did not meet Health Information Quality Authority (Hiqa) standards.
The reports also criticized the HSE for a lack of planning to meet the needs of disabled children.
CLP chief executive Dr Maria Corbett said the lack of suitable places was “extremely worrying” and required “urgent political attention”.
Residential care services often require engagement from both Tesla, the Child and Family Agency, and the HSE but there are “difficulties in interagency working”, she said. “The lack of care places is undermining the progress made in the last 20 years. There is an urgent need for an inter-sectoral mechanism between the children and health departments to find a way out of this crisis.”
The project has published reports on 68 cases in which the state attempted to take or place a child in its care, including a Ukrainian teenage girl suspected of being a victim of human trafficking. Care was taken.
The girl, who may be mentally challenged, came here in the company of a man she knew but was not related to. Social workers at the airport were concerned after interviewing her, including that she may have been neglected and raised in her home country, and that she had been placed in emergency care. was placed under orders.
While most Ukrainians arriving here were in family groups, a small number of separated children were arriving on their own, said Dr. Carol Coulter, CLP’s executive director.
With such large and chaotic movements of people across borders, trafficking and exploitation can arise, he said. “The CFA should be commended for their efforts to protect this child.”
The reports have focused particularly on the shortage of care places as judges in various courts have noted that children in high need are not being placed in adequate facilities.
Dr Corbett said, despite the CFA’s efforts, there were not the number and type of placements that were needed, particularly where the child had a disability or behavioral problems.
“This is leading to poor outcomes for children, and frustration on the part of judges and everyone involved in child care proceedings.”
According to the CLP, CFA has no alternative but to place some children in care due to a lack of suitable placements. Ad hoc Settings, supported by care staff. Placement issues arose in 14 cases, including a 14-year-old boy who had to stay in a hotel room and two young children, preschool and elementary school age, who were placed in residential care after a foster care placement broke down.
In a number of cases, it was agreed that a specialist placement was needed to safeguard the child and address their specific needs and behavioral difficulties, but no such placement was available.
Reports indicate that delays and difficulties in accessing appropriate spaces are often cited as a factor in child health and behavioral deterioration.
Twenty-four cases that were the subject of reports involved children who suffered parental neglect and abuse, often as a result of parental addiction or mental health difficulties. Seven children were brought into the foster care system as a result of their emotional, behavioral and mental health problems.
Ten cases, including a girl from Ukraine, involved separated children or unaccompanied minors who often arrived here from war-torn countries. Twelve cases involved updates about how the child’s care was going and five of these involved a legal matter in dispute.
A report explored the issues raised in 10 high court wards of court cases. Adult wards will be freed under the new law which introduces a system of assisted decision-making, but the new system does not include children. Dr Corbett said that despite the Oireachtas committee’s recommendation, the new law had not been amended to allow children aged 16 and 17 to make decisions about their healthcare treatment.