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A report into the death of a vulnerable young person details an inadequate response to evidence of child abuse and neglect when he was young , a failure to ever fully assess his needs, weak frontline social work practice and unacceptable gaps in recordkeeping.

By the age of seven, Danny’s primary school raised concerns with social services about possible sexual abuse. The review team was unable to establish if this was ever followed up because of an absence of records.

When his father died a few years later, Danny was placed in foster care. There is no evidence that the placement was assessed and approved by the health board at the time.

When his father died a few years later, Danny was placed in foster care. There is no evidence that the placement was assessed and approved by the health board at the time.

Despite the best efforts of some individual social workers, the child-protection system seemed to preside over a slow deterioration in his circumstance.

the report details an inadequate response to evidence of child abuse and neglect when he was young , a failure to ever fully assess his needs, weak frontline social work practice and unacceptable gaps in recordkeeping.

Read more: Irish Times July 16, 2014

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