13 Feb 2017
HIQA Investigation Must Provide Answers on Why our Child Protection System Failed Maurice McCabe and his family
The Children’s Rights Alliance today welcomed the announcement by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone TD that she has asked the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) to undertake an investigation into how Tusla, the Child and Family Agency manages allegations of child abuse. HIQA is the independent regulatory body for services provided to children and families by Tusla.
Commenting today, Tanya Ward, Children’s Rights Alliance Chief Executive said that: “The public confidence in Tusla’s ability to keep children safe and respect the rights of families in the Cavan region has been knocked by the Primetime revelations. We need to know that when a complaint is made to Tusla about a child that it will be properly investigated and that families will be treated fairly. Just like the Gardaí, Tusla has sweeping legal powers that empower them to intervene to keep children safe from abuse, neglect and harm. HIQA’s inquiry must provide answers as to how so many mistakes were made in this case. Why was the original complaint not effectively investigated? Why were fair procedures not applied to Maurice McCabe? What data protection procedures were in place? What oversight was in place?
Tusla has made great strides in reforming children and family services in Ireland. However, this recent case shows that there are still serious issues within our child protection system in terms of quality and effectiveness in certain parts of the country. HIQA’s inquiry is a welcome first step in re-building public confidence in our child protection system.”
For further information, please contact:
Emma McKinley, Communications & Development Manager
01 662 9400 / 087 655 9067
Note for Editors
• Tanya Ward, Chief Executive is available for comment