Call For Review Of Private Childcare Providers

Fianna Fáil has called for a review of private operators involved in providing childcare.

Spokesperson on Children and Youth Affairs, Anne Rabbitte, made the call following the publication of the independent review undertaken by Dr Helen Buckley into the deaths of young people in State care. The review included the case of 'Adam', a vulnerable teenager who took his own life while in the care of the State.

Deputy Rabbitte said: "I have expressed concern to the Minister in relation to the quality of care by some private providers of residential care for children who cannot be accommodated in the foster care system or in state-run care units.

"There are currently 26 private residential care providers contracted by Tusla, and at present there are 213 children placed in such private residential care homes. Tusla has informed me that the average payment to private residential care companies is €5,535 per child per bed per week, while the average cost of providing a care place in a voluntary provided care setting is €4,263 per child per bed per week.

"While most private residential units provide a high standard of care, I nonetheless have concerns over the quality and consistency of care in some units.

"I have called on Minister Zappone to instigate a review of such private residential units. I believe it is preferable that children are placed in state-run or voluntary-run units when it is not suitable for them to enter into a foster placement."


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