PRESS RELEASE

 2nd February 2016

The Irish Foster Care Association is appalled by recent revelations in relation to allegations of abuse at a foster home in the South East and welcomes Minister Kathleen Lynch’s call on Government to establish a Commission of Inquiry.

‘This must be a thorough and speedy Inquiry that leaves no stone unturned. And more importantly we must see individuals held to account for their unbelievable negligence.  For too long we have seen such cases conveniently shrouded by corporate anonymity. It’s time for an end to impunity and the start of real accountability’ says Diarmuid Kearney, CEO.

The countless, dedicated foster carers who carry out invaluable work on behalf of the Irish State providing loving, safe homes for our most vulnerable children are appalled by the recent revelations of systemic failures to protect these children.

Effective systems that ensure the safety of all children in care are paramountNow that resources have been made available to ensure adequate staffing levels within Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, the agency which now holds responsibility for fostering, the focus must be on the formation of a culture of accountability, quality and effectiveness. 

If we are to see an end to our State’s grossly inadequate record of child protection then this Inquiry must be seen as the start of a transparent and accountable culture in the provision of care.

-ENDS-

For further information, please contact:

Diarmuid Kearney  @ 086 7888587