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Tusla in Longford and Westmeath receives positive HIQA report

Aug 10, 2021 07:08 By Shannonside News
Tusla in Longford and Westmeath receives positive HIQA report Tusla in Longford and Westmeath receives positive HIQA report
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There was a strong improvement and focus on safety planning to help protect and reduce harms to children

A HIQA inspection into Tusla activities in Counties including Longford and Westmeath has found a good service is being delivered to families and children.

Eleven parents or family members were spoken to during the inspection, and all were satisfied with the communication between social workers and guardians.

Some areas of improvements were required including a shorter timeline for preliminary enquiries and initial assessments.

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Inspectors also noted that initial assessment teams did not have sufficient capacity to accept timely handover of all children who required a detailed assessment which led to extended delays from the point of referral.

It was also found that there was a strong improvement and focus on safety planning to help protect and reduce harms to children and a high standard of casework and vigilance of risk to children's welfare and safety was recorded after reviews of 15 children's cases.

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