The body which reviews the deaths of children known to care services has urged the government to address the lack of adequate mental health services after outlining how it has been a factor in some of the cases it has reviewed.
Woeful inter-agency co-operation, a string of communication failures, and poor record-keeping characterised the case of ‘Mary’, the intellectually disabled young woman left in a foster home for more than two years after sex abuse allegations were levelled against her foster father.
There were almost 3,000 incidents last year in which either children in residential care or those working with them were injured, including hundreds of cases in which young people required medical attention.
Dr Dan Daly, the executive vice president for youth care at Boys Town, Nebraska, says he has a connection with the Irish children who pass through as “I’m Irish”. “I know the Irish system,” he continues, “we have done some training [of personnel] in Ireland.”
On the second day of the ‘Irish Examiner’ series looking at the placement of Irish children overseas, Noel Baker visits Ballydowd, the country’s top special care centre, and Kibble in Scotland. Supported by the Mary Raftery Fund.