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Creches under investigation again following more revelations about care

The HSE is now investigating a number of serious cases.

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THE CHILD AND Family Agency, Tusla, has confirmed that a number of creches are again under investigation, a year after an RTÉ investigation led to major concerns about the care provided.

Tusla told TheJournal.ie that all complaints are investigated by Early Years Inspectors and are prioritised on the basis of seriousness.

According to inspection reports that are available to parents online, there are still issues being identified at various creches.

Today, the Irish Daily Mail reports that a child’s hair was pulled by a staff worker at a creche in south Dublin.

It is also reported that a child left another preschool unnoticed by staff and was found alone in the estate.

Other complaints made include toddlers being left in soiled nappies and babies being forced-fed. Complaints are made by parents, crèche staff and other interested observers.

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The Early Years Inspection Services are part of the Child and Family Agency, which is run by the state. It’s website informs readers that,

It represents the most comprehensive reform of child protection, early intervention and family support services ever undertaken in Ireland.

To date, over 2,500 reports have been made available online. The remaining reports will be published by the end of April 2014.

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