Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Questions (208)

Denis Naughten

Question:

208. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the reason for the delay in publishing the results of the audit produced on foot of the recommendations in the report on the Roscommon Child Care Case; the reason the results of this audit, produced on foot of an inquiry are to be amalgamated with two further audits; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [21742/13]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

The HSE has informed my Department that the report of the child neglect audit, which is a composite report including the findings from the Roscommon area, is now expected to be published in June. I am conscious that an earlier date was provided by the HSE in the recent past and am concerned to ensure this report is finalised and available as quickly as possible. I have asked my officials to contact the HSE again to seek a final and definitive publication date for this important report. I will contact the Deputy directly when these details are confirmed. The report is a composite work covering three audits in Roscommon, Waterford and Dublin. A decision was taken within the HSE to produce this composite report as the best means of disseminating the learning from the three projects. The report will be based on a sample of 30 cases examined from each of the three areas subject to audit.

The decision to publish a composite report along with the time taken by the HSE to ensure that all of the recommendations are being actioned were factors in determining the publication date of the report.