A care centre for children in Co Tipperary is failing children with systems that lead to some boys being harmed, the Health Information and Quality Authority has found.

The unannounced inspections at the Ferryhouse children's residential centre in Clonmel took place in August and September.

The centre is on a campus that has three residential units providing care for up to 15 boys, aged 12 to 16, as well as an on-site school, sports complex and sports grounds.

The inspectors found there were significant risks identified in four areas; the care of young people, safeguarding and child protection, premises and safety and management and staffing.

They also found that areas such as children's rights and monitoring also required improvement.

The HIQA report states that since last year the centre has gone through a period of crisis with monitoring and supervision ineffective, and children sometimes experiencing significant harm.

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Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, said it accepts the findings of the inspection report, adding that measures have been put in place to "address the deficits".

It said it has developed a National Child Protection Practice Note for children's residential services.

Child protection review meetings in the centre are to be carried out four times a year.

Two monitoring officers have begun carrying out monthly visits.

No more children will be admitted to the service until both Tusla and HIQA are happy with the standards at the centre.

In addition, all staff and management in the service will undergo more training in policies and professional supervision.