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HIQA Critical Of Social Worker Visits To Foster Children In South Tipperary.

The Health Information & Quality Authority (HIQA) has found poor practice in parts of the country, including South Tipperary, in relation to visits by social workers to children placed within foster care.

HIQA has stated that two thirds of the files in South Tipperary, Kilkenny, and Carlow did not contain evidence of visits in line with current, laid-down and necessary regulations.

Ms Eva Boyle (latter chief of children’s services at HIQA), stated that some of those in care did not get sufficient visits. For some children in short-term care visits are required every three months. For other children visits are required every six months.

All stated areas, say they visited children in line with stated regulations, but HIQA’s findings claim that for the two years prior to their own inspection, none of the areas fully complied with necessary regulations and requirement.

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