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'Unacceptable' risk to children in HSE Dublin foster care, says watchdog

The State’s health watchdog has criticised the HSE’s Dublin north central foster care service, saying that children were being placed with “unassessed and unapproved” foster parents.

THE HSE’S DUBLIN north central fostering service has been severely criticised by the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA).

In a follow-up to a July 2010 inspection, HIQA concluded that children remained in unsuitable and unsafe placements, RTÉ reports.

Some children of the 329 children in the area were placed with foster parents who were unassessed and unapproved, HIQA says. The Irish Times reports that some of these foster parents had been the subject of allegations, which HIQA says were of a similar nature and made by different children over a significant period of time.

The watchdog said: “Despite the extensive efforts of the area to assess and manage risk for all children, some children continued to be at risk…. This was unacceptable”.

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