Draft Standards for the Safety of Children in Residential or Foster Care

Date of publication: 
Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Authority recognises the importance of increasing the quality, safety and care for all children in Ireland but is most especially concerned with those children who are particularly vulnerable and find themselves living away from their families. Whether as a result of disability, a problem in the family or a criminal offence, these children require special consideration and protection.

When enacted, specific sections of the Health Act, 2007 will extend the Authority’s existing remit for the protection of children. As the independent organisation with responsibly for driving quality and safety improvements in health and social care settings, the Authority will be given statutory responsibility for the registration and inspection of designated centres for children and young people.