first_imgFianna Fail Spokesperson on Children Charlie McConalogue TD has said the recent comments by the HSE’s Head of Child and Family Services, Gordon Jeyes, has cast serious doubts over the Government’s ability to manage mandatory reporting of suspected child abuse.Deputy McConalogue said: “On RTE’s This Week programme Gordon Jeyes was quoted saying last month that there were members of the Cabinet who believed in a system of mandatory reporting of child abuse allegations based solely on legislation.“He also said such a system in isolation would not be fit for purpose. I agree with his assessment. Legislation on mandatory reporting must be backed up with adequate resources. “When mandatory reporting was introduced in the Australian state of New South Wales, there was a six fold increase in the number of reports made. We cannot end up in a situation where additional reports clog up an already overburdened social work system leaving vulnerable children at risk.”The Donegal North East TD said additional resources, including extra social workers, must be put in place if mandatory reporting is to work and achieve its objective of protecting children.“So far, the Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald has failed to provide any assessment on how mandatory reporting will impact on resources,” said McConalogue.“In my view, she has failed to publically recognise that it will be a real issue. I raised my concerns in the Dáil on the 12th July, highlighting that it is not sufficient to change legislation without addressing the consequent pressures on case management systems.  The Irish Association of Social Workers have made similar warnings. “Today, the Government received the same message from one of the most senior officials involved in child protection in this State. The Government must take heed of this and immediately make clear how they intend to back up the system of mandatory reporting with the necessary resources and cooperation between all of the Departments and agencies involved.”TACKLING CHILD ABUSE NEEDS RESOURCES, SAY McCONALOGUE was last modified: August 1st, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:anti paedophile legislationdeputy charlie mcconaloguelast_img

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