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.