Tracey Cooper, Chief Executive of the Health Information and Quality Authority, said “The HSE has a statutory duty to promote the welfare of children not receiving adequate care and protection and therefore is critical in ensuring that the system for protecting children is effective and robust. The overall aim in developing the Standards is to promote a high quality and effective service for all children who are at risk of abuse or neglect. The Standards will be the basis of HIQA’s future inspections of the HSE’s child protection functions and can also be used as a guide for self-assessment and improvement by all those involved in the protection of children.”
The Authority is now seeking the views of the general public and children and young people on the draft National Standards. Information collected from this consultation process will be used to inform the development of the Standards, which when approved by the Board of the Authority, will be submitted to the Minister for Children who will draft regulations giving the Authority the legal powers to measure performance against these Standards.
Copies of the draft National Standards and an easy to read version can be downloaded from the hiqa website website, Comments can be submitted by completing the consultation feedback form on their website or by going to their facebook page (search for HIQA on facebook). The deadline for receipt of submissions is 17 May 2012.