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Tuesday 6 June 2023 Dublin: 12°C

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# Child and Family Agency
Tusla will underspend its 2017 budget by €11.4m - here's why
The Child and Family Agency identified hiring and retaining staff, as well as reputational damage as challenges this year.
# Garda Inspectorate
'Untrained' investigators: Garda approach in child sex abuse cases criticised
Chief Inspector Mark Toland said that “child sexual abuse is one of the most serious types of crime” that Gardaí deal with.
# copy and paste error
Maurice McCabe accepts fake rape allegation against him in HSE report was unintentional, Tribunal hears
The Disclosures Tribunal has concluded its first module and will break until next month.
# Dublin
Parents whose son missed 243 days of school in 3 years fail to turn up to court
The father told an education and welfare officer that the missed school days were a result of his “bad back”.
# Child Abuse
Two young children in care report sexual abuse by 11 people including their parents
Their story is one of 16 case studies published by the Child Care Law Reporting Project .
# Molly's Case
Child with Down Syndrome and severe autism who was abandoned at birth was 'not receiving sufficient HSE and Tusla support'
Tusla has committed to undertaking a “systemic review” of supports.
# High Court
Boy accused of assisting in alleged rape of sister is placed in secure unit
The 15-year-old has a history of drug taking and alcohol abuse, the High Court has been told.
# Child Abuse
Waterford bishop warns local schools of paedophile ex-priest's 'recent activities'
In a letter sent out before Christmas, the Bishop said that convicted paedophile Oliver O’Grady was “seeking victims in our midst”.
# Whistleblower
Tusla CEO on McCabe case: 'It still riles me slightly. The cut and paste error wasn't us'
Fred McBride did say that Tusla “mismanaged” aspects of the case but the original error didn’t come from them.
# retention
'It certainly doesn't help': Tusla CEO says negative media coverage makes it harder to keep staff
Fred McBride was speaking at the end of another challenging year for the Child and Family Agency.
# unallocated
'We're not trying to manipulate figures': Tusla says social worker backlog is lower than numbers suggest
The stats show that there are just under 5,300 cases where children are not allocated a social worker.
# national level
6 months on from damning report, State finally taking concerns on child protection seriously says charity
Geoffrey Shannon published a damning audit of the approach from gardaí and Tusla to child protection concerns earlier this year.
'Major non-compliance': 82 foster carers in Cork did not have up-to-date Garda vetting
HIQA has written to the COO of Tusla about the risks that were identified.
# service gap
€19 million a year spent on private foster care because Tusla is overstretched
Oireachtas Children’s Committee will today recommend resources be used to recruit more social workers for public service.
# Mick Wallace
Mother told to call gardaí for her autistic son as HSE services were shut at the weekend
Mick Wallace read the woman’s plight into the Dáíl record yesterday.
# Study
Oberstown: Almost half of children detained in centre at risk of abuse or neglect
This is according to the a new study into the detainees of the centre.
# disclosures tribunal
Absence of records on McCabe file could have been a cover-up, says social worker
Lisa O’Loghlen said any cover-up may have been Tusla covering its own mistakes.
# tusla
New arrivals: Four children from 'The Jungle' camp to arrive in Ireland soon
So far, 30 children who have been separated from their families have been brought to Ireland.
# disclosures tribunal
'It wasn't stood over by the witness': Tribunal hears closing arguments in Keith Harrison module
Information about the threats came from two anonymous 999 calls in October 2013.
# Child Abuse
Nearly 20,000 reports of suspected child abuse were made to Tusla last year
This represents a 5% increase from 2015 figures.
# Guardians
'That gives you sleepless nights. It's a last resort': Giving children in State care a voice
Guardians ad litem tell about the trends they’ve seen in children assigned to their care.
# disclosures tribunal
Barrister says that evidence of Donegal's most senior garda should not be accepted by Tribunal
Chief Superintendent Terry McGinn did not make notes when she directed an investigation into alleged actions of Keith Harrison.
# One in Four
'Sex offenders may be continuing to abuse children despite Tusla being told of their activities'
One in Four said that Tusla was “woefully under resourced” and there were “great inconsistencies” in child protection procedures across the country.
# Geoffrey Shannon
Author of damning report on gardaí's child protection record invited to train new recruits
Professor Geoffrey Shannon published a comprehensive audit of the gardaí’s child protection practices in May.
# Donegal
Tribunal hears details of fight between garda whistleblower and partner that led to 999 call
Marisa Simms said Keith Harrison was “out of control” but later withdrew this statement.
# disclosures tribunal
Retired garda says colleague's death in line of duty had 'devastating effect' on officers
Retired Garda Sergeant Daniel Devlin told the Charleton Tribunal “emotionally, everyone was badly affected” after Garda Gary McLoughlin was killed.
# tusla
'Extremely vulnerable' teenager in State care needs to be transferred to UK, court hears
Those involved in her treatment say the best place for the 16-year-old is at the St Andrew’s Healthcare facility in Northampton.
# age of 18
Teenagers leaving State care now legally entitled to aftercare plan
The scheme, which starts today, will ensure a young person remains supported in the years after they leave the system.
# Donegal
Traveller family take action against council over refusal to offer them housing
The family of seven are living in a caravan without basic facilities such as running water.
# Gordon Jeyes
Former Tusla boss was paid €40k after leaving post last year
The figures were revealed in the agency’s annual accounts.
# Addiction
Social work action 'unacceptably slow' in case of heroin user whose newborn died
The baby boy’s death was not reported to be connected to his mother’s drug use, but a report has criticised the seven-week delay in making contact with the woman.
# Burnout
'I understand why a lot of people leave': Being a social worker in Ireland
A social worker speaks to about the stresses and strains of working a very difficult, challenging job.
# having her say
'You cannot trust these people' - Woman who had disclosure of abuse lost by Tusla slams report on its failings
The woman, whose records were lost by the HSE/Tusla for over three years, says she feels the latest ombudsman report into Tusla’s complaints procedures won’t change anything.
# grandparents
'When I stopped working, I said I was going to put everything into these kids'
A woman who cares for her two grandchildren tells us how she’s been thwarted at every turn to seek greater supports from the State.
# disclosures tribunal
False rape allegation about Maurice McCabe 'remained on file until this year'
The Charleton Tribunal is looking into whether garda whistleblower McCabe was the target of a smear campaign.
# get up to speed
'Grave error', 'emotional', 'catastrophic': The who, what and when of the Maurice McCabe saga
16 days in to the Disclosures Tribunal, we give you a breakdown of what people said happened and when they said it did.
# inadequate
'No Garda vetting, inadequate investigations' - Tusla slammed over standard of Cork foster care services
An inspection by health authority Hiqa has found that the Cork area shows ‘major non-compliance’ with accepted standards of foster care.
# policy briefing
Government accused of 'wilfully' releasing inaccurate homelessness figures
Eoin Ó Broin said that the Housing Department was “knowingly releasing incorrect monthly homeless figures”.
# Your Say
Poll: Would you consider home schooling your children?
A report this morning suggests that the number of children home-schooled in Ireland has doubled in the past five years.