The Health Information and Quality Authority published its findings from the HSE Carlow/Kilkenny local health area.

… The Child Protection Notification System, which records all children in the area who are considered to have unresolved protection issues (including neglect), was not accurate and up to date.

Of the 27 standards examined, not one was “fully met”. Nine were “not met”, while the remaining  18 were “met in part”.

Significant deficits were found in the vetting of members of staff, including poor records and a lack of the required checks in some cases. Inspectors found 40 per cent of staff files did not contain the requisite garda vetting, something which was described as a “significant concern and serious deficit” by the watchdog.

Read more: The Journal, May 10, 2013.

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