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National Standards for Children’s Residential Centres

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HIQA has developed specific National Standards for Children’s Residential Centres in Ireland.

The standards outline 29 standard statements, which together offer a common language to describe what a safe and effective children’s residential centre should look like. The standards enable a child-centred approach by focusing on outcomes for children and driving care which places each child at the centre of all that the service does. They also create a basis for improving the quality and safety of children’s residential care by identifying strengths and highlighting areas for improvement and can be used in day-to-day practice to encourage a consistent level of quality.

HIQA has developed a guide to accompany the standards, see below. ‘Your guide to children’s residential care’ is aimed at children living in residential centres and was informed by children with experience of care.

HIQA also interviewed people involved in the development of the standards on the importance of these standards to children living in residential centres.

Read our Background document detailing the international and national evidence that was used to inform the development of the national standards.

Our Statement of outcomes document below outlines the feedback that was received during focus group discussions with children, their families, advocates and people caring for children and through the public consultation and how this feedback informed the development of the National Standards.

Or if you have any questions, you can email or call 01 814 7400 and ask to speak to a member of the Standards team.

  • Your guide to children's residential care

  • Frequently asked questions

  • Statement of outcomes