Children’s Ombudsman concerned over supports for children in north west

Not all children with disabilities in the north west who are in care have been identified according to the Ombudsman for Children.

A year on from ‘Molly’s Case’, a report published by the Ombudsman for Children in 2018, it says the HSE and Tusla are still not in agreement on the number of children in Sligo Leitrim and Donegal with disabilities who are in care.

Molly is a child with a severe disability who is in foster care – her carer made a complaint to the Ombudsman about the level of supports and services being provided by Tusla and the HSE.

According to the HSE the identification of children with disabilities who are in care in Community Health Organisation (CHO) area 1 which covers the north west is still ‘in progress’.

Ombudsman spokesperson Aoife Carragher says these children need to be identified in order to improve the services being provided for some of the most vulnerable in our society.