122 in­terim care or­ders granted by Tusla last year

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THERE were three Emer­gency Care Or­ders (ECO) and 122 in­terim care or­ders granted by Tusla in the Wex­ford-Water­ford area be­tween Jan­uary 1 and Novem­ber 30, 2018.

The na­tional child and fam­ily agency is tasked with as­sess­ing the like­li­hood of any cur­rent or po­ten­tial fu­ture risk to chil­dren all over the coun­try.

A spokesper­son for the or­gan­i­sa­tion, who confirmed the fig­ures to this news­pa­per, said nec­es­sary in­ter­ven­tions are made if it’s be­lieved a child might be at risk.

‘If, on the ba­sis of the re­ported con­cern or any [other] ex­ist­ing in­for­ma­tion, there is rea­son to be­lieve that a child is in im­me­di­ate risk of harm the con­cern is fol­lowed up im­me­di­ately and any nec­es­sary in­ter­ven­tions made,’ said the spokesper­son.

‘In the vast ma­jor­ity of cases where a child can­not live with his or her par­ents and needs to be taken into the care of Tusla, a vol­un­tary care ar­range­ment is agreed be­tween Tusla and the child’s par­ents,’ she added.

Emer­gency Care Or­ders are sought in the most se­ri­ous of cases where there is a se­ri­ous and im­me­di­ate risk to a child’s safety and wel­fare and where there is no other suit­able op­tion.

An in­terim care or­der cov­ers a short pe­riod of time and is de­signed to pro­tect the child in the short term.

The fig­ures pre­sented to this news­pa­per re­lated to the Wex­ford Water­ford area as that’s how the fig­ures are col­lated rather than be­ing county spe­cific.

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