first_imgWaterford Childcare Committee Board members Rena Cody and Derek O’Byrne pictured with TÚSLA Area Manager Jim Gibson, Minister of Children and Youth Affairs Dr. James Reilly, TD, Mayor of Waterford City and County Councillor James Tobin, Ciara Conway, TD, Waterford City and County Manager Michael Walsh, Waterford Childcare Committee CEO Rose Murphy pictured at the “Working Together For Children” event at the Dunhill Multi-Education Centre, Dunhill – David Clynch PhotographyNo Garda checks on Limerick fosterers. TÚSLA Area Manager Jim Gibson. David Clynch – PhotographyCHILDREN in foster care in Limerick have been left at massive risk with 146 people either fostering or living with them who have not been approved by Gardaí.A report from HIQUA, the health services watchdog, highlighted significant shortfalls in the service, with 30 foster parents and 116 people over the age of 16 in foster homes that were not Garda vetted.Inspections also revealed that allegations of abuse or neglect were not being managed correctly and in a timely fashion, there was a shortfall in recruitment and therefore in the number of foster carers and no social workers allocated to support foster parents in many cases.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The report states that “not all allegations were comprehensively assessed. There was a system for formally notifying the foster care committee of an allegation of abuse, but not all allegations were reported to the committee and those which were notified, were not notified in a timely way”.A team of eight inspectors visited foster homes in the Mid West last March and their findings showed three areas of major non-compliance. These were in relation to safeguarding and child protection; supervision and support and reviews of foster carers”.The report states that inspectors also found major problems with supervision and support. 30 general and six relative foster carers had no social worker assigned to them, while the majority had not received the recommended formal supervision.“There were seven foster care households without a link worker who also had children who were without an allocated social worker, which posed a significant risk. The frequency of home visits to these foster carers was insufficient.“Where foster carers were allocated a social worker, there was not a sufficient level of home visits to ensure supervision and support to foster carers. Records of discussions between foster carers and social workers following home visits were of mixed quality. There was no out-of-hours service available to meet the needs of foster carers.”Crucially, the report discovered that the majority of reviews “did not contain evidence that the views of the child were sought”.In response to a query from the Limerick Post as to whether Gardaí vetting was completed in the six months since the report was published, a spokesperson for TUSLA said: “Garda vetting is actively being progressed for foster carers and those over 16, where necessary. Additionally, there is a system in place to alert staff when updated Garda vetting is due”.Tusla chief operations officer Jim Gibson said that HIQA inspection reports were an important measurement tool and allowed them ensure that their services were continuously improving and were of a high standard.“The report highlighted excellent practice in areas such as training and the quality of assessments of foster carers. There were also a number of areas that require improvement such as supervision and the timeliness of reviews. These areas are being actively addressed through a comprehensive action plan which has been submitted to HIQA.“The actions in the action plan will be closely linked to Tusla’s major transformation programme which will enhance many aspects of the agency, including organisational culture, HR strategy, governance systems, and further corporate functions.” When the Limerick Post contacted HIQUA, a spokesperson could not say whether Garda vetting had taken place in the six months since the inspections.Limerick Labour Party TD Jan O’Sullivan said the report raised serious concerns.“I am particularly concerned that there was no Garda vetting of family members in many cases. It is just not acceptable that vulnerable children are living in homes where no Garda vetting has been carried out on people living in that household.She said the report confirmed the acute shortage of social workers which was an issue she has been campaigning on.“There is an urgent need to recruit more social workers and to put measures in place to retain those already in the service. As well as a shortage of social workers, there is also a shortage of foster carers in the Mid-West.”Deputy O’Sullivan added that “while it is encouraging that an action plan has been put in place and we are fortunate to have so many dedicated and caring foster families, it is essential that the issues of vetting and shortage of social workers are given urgent attention”.Visit the Limerick Post News section for similar news. Linkedin Print Previous articleLimerick public transport to drive anti-racism messageNext articleLimerick Rose Kayleigh Maher makes finals Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Email NewsNo Garda checks on Limerick fosterersBy Bernie English – August 18, 2017 1353 center_img Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgBrianAJackson/iStock/Thinkstock(PARKLAND, Fla.) — A grand jury has indicted Nikolas Cruz on 34 counts related to last month’s mass shooting at a South Florida high school.Cruz, 19, allegedly opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on Feb. 14, killing 17 people and injuring others. On Wednesday, the Broward County state attorney’s office announced the indictment charging Cruz with 17 counts of first-degree premeditated murder as well as 17 counts of first-degree attempted murder.The case will be prosecuted by Michael Satz, the state attorney for Florida’s 17th judicial circuit, which covers Broward County.This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img


first_imgDONEGAL is set to share in a €3.5M tourism bonanza next year – thanks to 400 people on the fiddle!For the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention will take place in Donegal and Derry for the first time next year.More than 400 musicians and 40,000 tourists are expected to converge on both counties for the five-day event from June 27th to July 1st next year. Performers from Ireland, Scotland, the US, Canada, Denmark and Norway are among those scheduled to take part.They include The Chieftains, The String Sisters featuring Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh; Liz Carroll from the US; Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill; Cathal Hayden; and the Wrigley Sisters.The festival has previously been held in Scotland, Sweden and Canada.Convention director and fiddle player Liz Doherty said the event was “about cultural exchange, developing new audiences, forging partnerships”. The event was launched at the University of Ulster in Derry by Paddy Moloney of The Chieftains.Meanwhile another reminder that two of Donegal’s finest fiddlers are getting ready for a special homecoming gig.Derek McGinley and Tara Connaghan (pictured) from Meenacharvey (Glencolmcille) and Glenties respectively celebrated the first launch of their new CD at the Ennis Trad Festival on November 13th to a large and attentive audience.The CD entitled The Far Side of the Glen, featuring just the two fiddles of Derek and Tara, focuses solely on the musical style and repertoire of south west Donegal with the title referring to them living on either side of the scenic valley of Glengesh.The CD will shortly be launched on home turf with launches in Carrick on Friday December 9th in The Central Bar and Saturday December 10th in the Highlands Hotel, Glenties. (Free entry to both). The fiddle pair will also perform as special guests with Altan on New Year’s night in Ionad Cois Locha during the Frankie Kennedy Winter School.HOW BEING ON THE FIDDLE WILL BRING MILLIONS TO DONEGAL was last modified: December 1st, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalfiddle festivallast_img read more