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Topic of the Day - Investigation into child Protection Guidelines

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Children's Ombudsman, Emily Logan, today published an investigation into the implementation of Children First: National Guidelines for the Protection and Welfare of Children.


This report is the result of an investigation launched by the Ombudsman for Children's Office in November 2008 into the implementation of Children First: National Guidelines for the Protection and Welfare of Children by the Health Service Executive (HSE), and the monitoring of this implementation by the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs.

The Ombudsman for Children has made 11 findings of unsound administration against the relevant public bodies and 22 recommendations to improve the system. Investigation meetings were held with 9 of 32 Child Care Managers to get a picture of implementation in practice. Further meetings were conducted with the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (OMCYA), the HSE at national level, An Garda Síochána and the trade union IMPACT.

This Office also conducted detailed analyses of documents secured from all of the 32 Local Health Offices of the HSE.

Form more information on this report, you can visit the website of the Ombudsman for children's office at: www.oco.ie

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