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Wednesday 29 March 2023 Dublin: 15°C

# Social Work

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Opinion: The Irish state is a very bad parent - when its children turn 18 they often end up on the streets
Sometimes we talk about people ending up as statistics. But there are no statistics compiled for how many children raised in state care become homeless, writes Shane Dunphy.
# permanent record
Tusla's new national database will keep records of children on file 'in perpetuity'
The only way files will be deleted will be in those where clear mistakes were made, such as those in the Maurice McCabe case.
# 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.
# Disability
'He pinned my arms down and he strangled me': Couple with challenged son call for more support
Edel Dooley and her husband Anton spoke this morning on RTÉ’s Today with Sean O’Rourke about their eight-year-old son Jacob.
# workplace violence
'My life is shattered': Social care workers speak out about vicious assaults
Workers say management ignores the impact attacks have on workers.
# tusla
More than 150 court summonses sent to parents about poor school attendance
Tusla’s annual report shows there were over 6,300 children in care in Ireland in 2015.
# Elder Abuse
Niece suspected as thousands disappear from pensioner's account
This is just one example of elder abuse in Ireland.
# at risk
Thousands of vulnerable children are still waiting for a social worker
The number of cases yet to be assigned to a social worker has reduced by just over 5% since the end of 2014.
# Child Safety
Concern after hundreds of unidentified files on families discovered in office
A review is being carried out now in the Laois/Offaly area.
# Child and Family Agency
'The impact on your sanity is incredible': One social worker per week resigning
Between 2010-2013, there was a staff turnover rate of 15%.
# Child and Family Agency
Here's how many social worker vacancies there are nationwide
James Reilly shared the figures in the Dáil recently.
More than 100 children in foster care have no social worker
One child had not been visited by a social worker in more than four years.
# Children in Care
One-year-old died in tragic accident in her home, just months after being reunited with mother
Susan had spent some time in the care of the State before her death at the age of 15 months.
# Children in Care
91 children known to HSE died in four years - one quarter by suicide
More than three quarters of these children were living with their families at the time.
# Child Protection
Complaints to Children's Ombudsman have increased by 15% since 2010
One particular investigation showed that a child had been moved to 11 different residencies in 4 months.
# Oireachtas agenda
Do sexual assault laws discriminate against people with disabilities?
Senator Katherine Zappone thinks they need to be updated and will present a Bill on the subject in the Seanad today.
# Gweedore
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.
# Job Vacancies
'It's taking 12 weeks to fill a social worker post - that's too long'
Head of Child and Family Agency Gordon Jeyes says there are over 100 social worker vacancies, but not because people are not coming forward.
# Neglect
Report criticises HSE response to child neglect cases
The review of almost 100 cases found the extent of neglect was poorly documented in many social workers’ initial reports.
Column: Care system had been well funded - so why didn't it work?
The Report on Deaths of Children in Care revealed horrific failures, writes Fianna Fáil’s spokesperson on Children Charlie McConalogue, but will everything be fine once we pass the Children’s Rights referendum?
Column: ‘My family couldn’t look after me’ – life inside a State home
Clíodhna has been in the State childcare system for most of her life. She tells about social workers, Christmas shopping, and why she has no regrets.
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