Written Answers. - Child Abuse Statistics.

Máire Geoghegan-Quinn

Ceist:

287 Mrs. Geoghegan-Quinn asked the Minister for Health the number of child abuse cases which have been reported to health boards in each month to date in 1996; the figures for this period in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17020/96]

Statistics on the number of child abuse cases reported in each of the health boards are complied on an annual basis by my Department. The following table gives annual figures for the number of reported and confirmed child abuse cases for the years 1991-95. The information requested by the Deputy in relation to 1996 is not yet available within my Department. However, I have asked the health boards for the information and will forward it to the Deputy as soon as I have received it.

Child Abuse Statistics 1991-95

Health Board

1991

1992

1993

1994

1995

Reports Received

Reports Confirmed

Reports Received

Reports Confirmed

Reports Received

Reports Confirmed

Reports Received

Reports Confirmed

Reports Received

Reports Confirmed

Eastern

1,323

525

1,327

584

1,376

552

1,746

652

2,134

762

Midland

566

206

531

253

647

263

850

312

913

299

Mid-Western

515

254

655

388

464

167

585

192

826

237

North-Eastern

273

89

502

210

539

208

576

231

638

222

North-Western

75

28

92

30

121

46

181

82

179

81

South-Eastern

415

91

270

98

455

220

624

287

742

403

Southern

316

158

257

100

248

82

209

46

442

147

Western

373

114

178

38

260

71

381

66

541

125

Total

3,856

1,465

3,812

1,701

4,110

1,609

5,152

1,868

6,415

2,276