3rd October 2019 - HIQA Report Carlow/ Kilkenny/ South Tipp

HIQA REPORT ON FOSTER CARE SERVICES IN CARLOW/KILKENNY/SOUTH TIPP

3rd October 2019

The Irish Foster Care Association is appalled to read HIQA’s report on foster care services in Carlow, Kilkenny and South Tipp.  The lack of professional oversight into fostering services, lack of social workers for children in care and foster carers and the level of uncertainty for everyone involved is not acceptable.

The National Standards for Foster Care requires every child in care to be allocated a social worker and

the report shows that many children did not have access to their own dedicated social worker,

which had a significant impact on the children who are in the care of the State.

The Irish Foster Care Association has made comprehensive recommendations to the Committee on Children and Youth Affairs this year with regards to recruitment and retention of social workers, and while everyone involved realises that this is a serious problem, progress is too slow.  Some of IFCA’s recommendations included:

-        Transdisciplinary team to include social workers and allied health professionals

-        Greater enhanced rights for foster carers

-        Generating more social work graduate through part time study and placement

You can read the full submission here

Speaking following the publication of the HIQA report Catherine Bond, CEO, IFCA said “I am saddened to read this report as IFCA is acutely aware of the challenges faced by carers in this area.  While many would recognise that lack of social workers has been an issue for some time, progress to improve this situation is slow and ultimately the people who suffer as we can see from this report is the children in care.”