Mandatory reporting 'would overload child protection system'

The Irish Association of Social Workers has warned that the child protection system could face a six-fold increase in referrals on the back of new legislation by the government.

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
28th April, 2012
Mandatory reporting 'would overload child protection system'
Frances Fitzgerald, the Minister for Children.

The Irish Association of Social Workers (IASW) has warned that the child protection system could face a sixfold increase in referrals on the back of legislation published by the government last week.

Ineke Durville, president of the IASW, said figures from other jurisdictions showed that the introduction of the mandatory reporting of suspected cases of child abuse had triggered a six-fold rise in referrals. She warned that social workers would be overwhelmed with the increased...

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