Tuesday July 7, 2020

HSE plays numbers game on child deaths

Care professionals are dismayed that at-risk children can simply fall through the net, writes Shane Dunphy

29th May, 2010

Three years ago, a child ran away from a residential unit managed by a friend of mine. The child was a 16year-old Nigerian girl, and there was a fortnight-long search for her by gardaí and social workers, after which it was felt she had probably been reunited with her family, and left the jurisdiction.

My friend, however, wasn’t satisfied with this explanation, and followed up on the case himself. Six months later, he discovered,...

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