July 4, 2022

Child protection services in Kilkenny failed to report all suspected abuse cases to gardai

TUSLA’S local child protection and welfare services failed to notify gardai in Kilkenny about every allegation of suspected abuse and neglect it received, a new report reveals.

The revelation is contained in a report by the Health Information and Quality Authority that followed an “announced” inspection to the Carlow/Kilkenny/South Tipperary service area in January.

Inspectors reviewed 29 cases involving allegations of physical abuse, sexual abuse and neglect.

In eight of the cases (27%), there was no evidence on file that gardaí had been notified; three were escalated during the inspection due to a potential risk to children.

“Inspectors found that the system in place to ensure that all relevant information was notified was not strong enough,” the report states.

Investigations revealed a “drift and delay” in completing the reports, which varied between two and 11 months, and left children in potentially unsafe and abusive situations.

The Carlow/Kilkenny/South Tipperary area is one of 17 in Tusla – the Child and Family Agency.

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