IT Tralee lecturer says State needs to prioritise resources for children in emergency situation

The State needs to prioritise resources for Gardaí and social workers who are responding to children in emergency situations.

That’s according to lecturer in Applied Social Studies at the Institute of Technology Tralee, Dr Colm O’Doherty.

He was responding to Special Rapporteur on Child Protection, Dr Geoffrey Shannon’s report which identified a lack of training and resources in the sector.

Dr O’Doherty, who worked as a social worker for more than 20 years in England, Wales and Ireland, says more resources are needed for social workers dealing with emergency situations.

Meanwhile, in response to a recent Parliamentary Question by Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams, Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone revealed that at the end of February there were 485 child cases open in Kerry, with 12 awaiting the allocation of a social worker.

The Minister says cases that are unallocated are monitored, supported and managed by the duty social work team under the supervision of the principal social worker.