100 cases of child abuse in Mid West a month

first_imgTwitter No vaccines in Limerick yet Email Advertisement Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year by Bernie English [email protected] were almost 900 cases of child abuse reported to child protection services in the Mid West during the first nine months of last year, a massive increase from the previous year’s figures.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up And of the 868 reports submitted from Limerick, Clare and Tipperary, 491 so far have been deemed serious enough to warrant close investigation.According to the figures obtained from Tusla, the National Child and Family Agency, the number of reports in the Mid West for the entirety of 2013 were 696, far short of the first nine months figures for 2014.There are no figures available as yet for 2015 or the final quarter of 2014.Of the reports in 2013, 529 required further investigation or action from the social services, a stage process known as ‘initial assessment’.The reporting figures in the Mid West have been increasing steadily since 2011, when there were 420 reported cases of abuse or neglect and 2012, when 593 cases were reported.The allegations cover such issues as child neglect or abuse of a sexual, physical, or emotional nature.The process of initial assessment involves meeting the child, the child’s parents, and contacting relevant professionals. The process is aimed at determining if there is, in principal, a case to answer.The next step, if social and child protection workers are unhappy with the situation, is to carry out risk assessment may need to be carried out.After investigations, it may be determined that a child should be taken into care because he or she is at risk.Figures for the number of children taken into care as a result of complaints in the Mid West are currently not available.A spokesperson for Tusla said that the agency “responds to every child protection or welfare referral it receives”.Currently, more than 90 per cent of Irish children in care are in foster care. Linkedin More than €250,000 greenway funding for Limerick and East Clare First Irish death from Coronavirus TAGSchild abusefeaturedMid WestMidwestTusla center_img WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsBreaking news100 cases of child abuse in Mid West a monthBy Bernie English – March 19, 2015 1085 Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Facebook Previous articleLimerick Council response raises fury in GarryowenNext articleLimerick TD seeks public inquiry into republican abuse claims 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. Shannondoc operating but only by appointment Printlast_img read more

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