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Children locked in care unit room
31 Aug 2015 23:11
Children at the country's largest special care unit had to urinate on the floor of their locked room because they were not allowed out to go to the bathroom, a report by HIQA has found.
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Up to ten children between the ages of 11 and 17 can be cared for at the Ballydowd Special Care Unit in Lucan, Co Dublin.
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They are detained there on foot of a High Court order on the basis that they pose a serious risk to themselves or others.
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Following complaints about the practice of separating a child and locking them in a room, HIQA inspected the facility in July.
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The idea of single separation is to isolate a disruptive young person to allow them to regain self-control.
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The report, published today, found that some children were kept in isolation for unnecessarily long periods, occasionally without access to toilets.
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