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Victims of abuse by school caretaker to see new report

A review of social work practices was undertaken in Donegal after a school caretaker was convicted of molesting four boys.

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A REVIEW OF social work practices in Donegal, launched after a school caretaker pleaded guilty to the abuse of four young boys, will be available to victims but not the general public.

The Child and Family Agency (CFA) made the announcement this afternoon that it had received the report, conducted after a man with previous sexual assault convictions was allowed work in a school.

In 2011, Michael Ferry was sentenced to 18 years for molesting and raping four boys between ten and 17 years old at Ard Scoil Mhuire in Derrybeg, Co Donegal between 1990 and 2005.

Victims of the abuse say dozens more could have been sexually assaulted.

The review was undertaken “in order to ensure that all those involved in working with children and families engage in reflective practice and continue to improve the quality of services being offered,” CFA Chief Executive Gordon Jeyes said.

“I wish to confirm that there is no intention to keep this internal document secret from victims and any request from victims to my office for a copy of the report will be facilitated.”

It is not normal practice to publish internal staff review documents and it is for this reason that there are no plans for wider publication.

Background: School caretaker ‘abused 30 more children >

More: ‘Why wasn’t he stopped?’ asks abuse victim of school caretaker >

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