Concern over some children left without care plans

There are almost 30 children in the Sligo, Leitrim and West Cavan area without up to date care plans.

That’s according to figures from the child and family agency Tusla.

As of June, there were 5,957 children care across the country.

91 per cent are in foster care – either provided by the state or relatives.

The remaining 9 per cent are in either residential care or other care placements.

According to Tusla’s latest figures, for June 2020, 295 children in care didn’t have an up-to-date care plan.

71 were in Cork, 44 were in Dublin North and 39 were in Dublin North City.

Another area with a high number is Sligo/Leitrim/west Cavan, at 27.

Terry Dignan, the chief executive of Empowering People in Care, says care plans are essential.

341 children in care also did not have an allocated social worker in June.