Care Orders for Children in South Tipp/Carlow/Kilkenny greater than all of Dublin combined – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has said he is deeply concerned at the number of Interim Care Orders being issued for children by the Child and Family Agency, Tusla. Deputy McGrath was speaking after it was confirmed to him that 201 Emergency Care Orders were issued nationally in 2018 while during the same period 753 Interim Care Orders were granted by the Courts on foot of applications to them by Tusla:


“I fully appreciate the fact that there are cases where it is absolutely necessary that state agencies intervene to protect the welfare of the child or children involved.


The care of the child is always our priority.


However the number of Care Orders being granted suggests that patterns of crisis are more prevalent in some counties over others and this demands further investigation.


For instance, Tusla has confirmed to me that that a total of 159 Interim Care Orders were granted for its 5 administrative areas covering Dublin South Central, Dublin South East/Wicklow, Dublin South West/Kildare/West Wicklow, Dublin City North and Dublin North.


In contrast to that 167 Interim Care Orders were granted for the administrative area covering Carlow/Kilkenny/South Tipperary.

For Waterford/Wexford the number of Interim Care Orders in 2018 was 122.


Again, this suggests that the wider South East area is experiencing high levels of family crisis.


We need to be clear about why these numbers are so high and what it is we can do to prevent the kind of situations occurring which necessitate these dramatic and painful interventions,” concluded Deputy McGrath.

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