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NRP Publishes Reports on the deaths of three children

The National Review Panel (NRP), chaired by Dr Helen Buckley today publishes executive summary reports reviewing the deaths of three children and young people known to the child protection system.

Speaking about the publication, Dr Helen Buckley, Chair of the NRP said: “On behalf of the NRP I wish to extend my sincere sympathies to families, friends and all those affected by the deaths of the children and young people reviewed by the National Review Panel, published today. The death of a child is an unthinkable tragedy and one which affects families, friends and communities.”

She continued: “Today’s reports show evidence of good pratice in a number of cases, where efficient multi agency working was clear. The NRP has also identified learnings such as the importance of comprehensive assessments, the effects that parental substance misuse can have, and research suggests that the risk of harm increase with the impact of multiple adversities. Learnings should be considered to ensure that children receive timely, appropriate and coordinated responses. One of the reports highlights the lacuna that exists where young people who are suicidal, with addiction and behavioural issues are not considered eligible for a mental health service. This service gap has been identified many times by the NRP and needs urgent attention from the HSE and the Department of Health.”

Of the three reports published today:

  • 2 children died from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
  • 1 young person died by suicide

Additonally:

  • All 3 children were known to social work services at the time of their death;
  • One was male and two were female.

The NRP reviews cases where a serious incident or death occurs of children or young people under 18 who are in the care of the State or have been known to the Child and Family Agency’s social work department or funded services.

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