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Ryan report implementation plan: third progress report November 2012
Ryan Report Monitoring Group
The Report of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse (the Ryan Report) was published in May 2009. It detailed disturbing levels of significant historic abuse of Irish children, who were placed by the State in residential institutions run by religious orders. The Report precipitated on-going review of the current organisation and delivery of child welfare and protection services nationally. Following the publication of the Report a detailed Implementation Plan was prepared and published in July 2009. The Government is committed to full implementation of the Plan. The Implementation Plan sets out a series of 99 actions designed to address the effects of past abuse, reform service provision and ensure that children and young people have a stronger voice. Some of the 99 actions have a specific target date for completion, while other actions are noted ‘ongoing’. The overall aim of the Plan is to make a difference in children’s lives by addressing past failings and putting measures in place to achieve better outcomes in the delivery of services to children and families. Monitoring Group Implementation of the Plan is being overseen by a high level group chaired by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. The Group includes representatives from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, the HSE, HIQA, the Irish Youth Justice Service (IYJS), the Department of Education and Skills and An Garda Síochána. In May 2011, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald T.D., invited the Children’s Rights Alliance to join the Group to include the voices of children and civic society (see Appendix for a list of current members). The lifetime of the Group is to be four years. A progress report is presented to Government each year and is subsequently laid before both Houses of the Oireachtas. This is the third annual progress report compiled by the Monitoring Group with the approval of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. The first report can be accessed at port.pdf and the second report can be accessed at New Department, Agency and other reforms Fundamental to putting in place a fully reformed children and family service is the capacity of the service to implement necessary reform and improvement. It became evident in the course of 2009/2010 that the HSE’s child and family services management structure needed to be strengthened. In recognition of this, a National Director with dedicated responsibility for Children and Family Services, Gordon Jeyes, was appointed, in December 2010, to lead the process of reform. In addition, the Government is taking a number of other measures to strengthen the existing governance arrangements through: • The establishment in early 2011 of a dedicated Department and Minister for Children and Youth Affairs; • The transfer of responsibility for the delivery of child and family support services from the HSE to a new dedicated statutory agency, the Child and Family Support Agency, to be established with effect from 1 January 2013; • The publication in July 2011 of Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children; • The commitment to, and on-going progress towards, putting elements of Children First on a statutory footing; • The enactment in July 2012 of the Criminal Justice (Withholding of Information on Offences Against Children and Vulnerable Persons) Bill 2012; and • The publication by the Department of Justice and Equality of the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Bill 2012, which is currently progressing through the Oireachtas. As the organisational framework is strengthened, other vital aspects of improved governance, management and planning will be enhanced. A core feature is the need for more reliable information about the demand for services, risk indicators and outcomes for children. Work is progressing in this area and key aspects of the Implementation Plan are reliant on improved performance in this area. In line with actions committed to in the Plan, the HSE was engaged throughout the course of 2010 and 2011 in a major recruitment campaign which involved the appointment, induction, deployment and training of additional social workers and the filling of additional posts which fell vacant e.g. due to retirements. This has been made possible through the exemption of the social work grade from the current moratorium on public sector recruitment and replacement of staff. The implementation plan provided for the filling of up to 270 social work posts. To date, the HSE has completed the recruitment of 264 additional social workers. A number of other significant developments in relation to child welfare and protection have taken place since the publication of the last Ryan monitoring report, both within and outside the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, as follow...
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Type: Report
Peer-Reviewed: Unknown
Language(s): English
Institution: Lenus
Publisher(s): Government Publications, Dublin
First Indexed: 2014-04-05 06:42:45 Last Updated: 2017-05-12 07:21:51