HSE apologises in Roscommon childcare caseThe HSE has issued an "unreserved and unequivocal" apology to six children involved in the Roscommon childcare case.
The HSE said it accepted in full the findings and recommendations of the inquiry team, which identified clear service failures by the then Western Health Board (later merged into the HSE) up to the time the children were taken into care in 2004.
There are six children in the family involved, who were subject to serious neglect and harm by their parents over a long period. Both parents have been before the courts and have been convicted.
The report into the case found that that important child protection concerns were not addressed adequately over a number of years.
This failure meant that the harm and neglect of the children and young adults in this family continued.
The inquiry team said the voices of the six children were not heard in this case over the years. By not hearing directly the concerns of the children, the services could not respond fully to their needs, the report said.Four of the six children in this case have now been in the care of the HSE for six years. The report states that they are well-settled in secure and caring foster homes and progressing well. The two other children, who are now young adults, are living with relatives.
Let us not forget these children in the midst of all of our financial woes.
Hopefully, so much will be learned AND IMPLEMENTED for children who will need the support of the HSE, in the future. Let it never happen again, that the voices of children aren't heard.