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Links Childcare plans CCTV streaming as it tries to 'repair loss of trust'

The under fire creche has issued a statement about RTÉ’s damning Prime Time investigation into practices of its staff.

Links Childcare in Malahide
Links Childcare in Malahide
Image: Laura Hutton / Photocall Ireland

LINKS CHILDCARE, ONE of the creches at the centre of the controversy arising from a Prime Time undercover investigation, has said it “deeply regrets” the distress that has been caused, claiming it is working towards a solution for parents, staff and children.

“We are acutely aware of the distress and anxiety being experienced by parents following the broadcast last night of RTE’s undercover investigation into the quality of care provided by three crèches, including Links Crèche in Abington, Malahide,” it said in a statement issued this afternoon.

On seeing the footage last week, management dismissed one employee and suspended three others, pending the findings of a full investigation.

The creche says it is now focussing on what can be done to “repair the loss of trust that is inevitable as a result of what has happened” and is in “ongoing contact with the parents directly affected by the footage”, as well as those with other children in their care.

A full re-training programme for staff in all the associated creches has been scheduled to begin this weekend.

Links says it is progressing with plans to provide real-time CCTV online coverage for parents, subject to consent. Management hopes to be able to provide the footage through a smartphone app. If the system is brought in, each creche will have its own individual login and password to ensure it is safe and secure.

“We believe the use of this technology will make it significantly easier for parents to keep abreast of their child’s daily activities in our crèches, reassuring them that their child is getting the best possible care,” the creche added.

Links is working with the HSE and other relevant bodies to make further improvements in it procedures.

RTÉ: No repeats or online airing of Prime Time creche investigation

Related: Anger as RTE Prime Time shows mistreatment of creche children

Earlier: Taoiseach on creche controversy: ‘God knows what has happened in other locations’

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