The report on the an audit of all serious child neglect cases in the county will not be available until next March, eight months after it was recommended, Denis Naughten has stated.
One of the key recommendations of the Roscommon child abuse inquiry was that an audit of current practice in chronic neglect cases should be undertaken in County Roscommon. This recommendation was presented to the HSE last July but the HSE has now informed Denis Naughten that this will not be completed until late February 2011.
In response to questioning in the Dail from Denis Naughten, Minister Barry Andrews admitted that the review had only recently begun and said “an audit has already commenced on foot of a recommendation in this report”.
The audit of other possible cases of chronic neglect in Roscommon is being carried out by Ms Lynne Peyton, an independent child care consultant.
“The issue now is what happens in the meantime? Are there childcare cases to be left is limbo until the report is completed? What actions if any are to be taken to improve the childcare system in the interim?
“While a lot of the media focus around the Roscommon case has been on the local social work team, it is clear that there has been a failure to act decisively at senior level within the HSE organisation,” concluded Denis Naughten.[imagebrowser id=4]