Lives of hundreds of vulnerable children at risk due to lack of resources

The lives of hundreds of vulnerable children are being put at risk - due to a lack of resources.

According to reports in today's Irish Times, social work teams in several parts of the country say they're being forced to ignore potentially serious reports of suspected abuse or neglect due to heavy workloads and under-staffing.

Donegal North East Deputy Charlie Mc Conalogue is Fianna Fail spokesperson on Children, and recently expressed concern that the new Children First guidelines and tighter mandatory reporting will be pointless without investment in resources.

He says today's revelations show that the state still has shortcomings to address...

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