Workers Warned 'Report Abuse Or Get The Sack'

A raft of new measures on child abuse will include the threat of dismissal if staff fail to report suspicions of abuse.

The new measures are the brainchild of Minister for Children Barry Andrews who said he would take personal responsibility for implementing the proposals.

Mr Andrews also personally guaranteed the implementation of the recommendations in the recent Ryan report into clerical abuse, which unveiled horrific levels of systematic abuse in the states reformatories.

Also included in the Ryan report recommendations were an insistence that the current 270 vacant social work positions in the HSE would be filled, that all residential centres would be independently inspected by 2010, and that a national monument would be constructed as a reminder of the neglect and abuse of children in institutional care, along with an annual "day of atonement".

Identifying and reporting child abuse will now be established on a statutory basis and will mean employees of State-run or State-funded organisations will be legally obliged to report abuse.

Minister Andrews said that in accepting the 20 Ryan Report recommendations the Government was showing its commitment to support survivors.

"We can never compensate the survivors of abuse for their lost childhoods. The State must now and in the future, deliver care services that nurture and support children. I am taking personal responsibility for the full implementation of the 99 actions in this plan," he said.


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