Rabbitte demands answers over allegations that child abuse reports are given 'low priority'

Mon, Jul 25, 2016

Allegations that reports by victims of extreme child sexual abuse "are being categorised as low priority and being left to the side due to the absence of guidelines on how to deal with them", have been made by a County Galway TD.

Galway East TD and Fianna Fáil spokesperson on children and youth affairs, Anne Rabbitte, is calling on the Minister for Children, Katherine Zappone to "personally investigate these concerns".

Dep Rabbitte has alleged that "many cases are not being properly investigated" owing to fears of potential legal liability, and that routine statistics are not collected on adult disclosure cases. A recent HIQA assessment of Dublin South East/Wicklow found a high number of retrospective referrals remained unassessed with potential risk to children not yet determined.


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