Disabilities Services To Face Independent Inspections

Residential services for children and adults with disabilities are to face independent inspection later this year.

The announcement comes following the launch of the first set of national standards, developed by the Heath Information Quality Authority.

The national standards were developed following an HSE investigation into allegations of abuse at two Brothers of Charity centres in Galway.

The subsequent report found that residents had been raped and flogged by staff of the facilities up to 15 years ago.

Registration of the residential centres will begin in September followed by some inspections before the year's end.

Some 10,000 people with disabilities live in around 1,200 residential services in Ireland.


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