HIQA has published a report on foster care services in Mayo, following an inspection carried out in February.

At the time, 126 children were in foster care in Mayo - 39 with relatives and 87 with general foster carers.

 The report highlights many positive aspects of the foster care system in Mayo, and shows that the children are generally happy with the foster care service they're receiving.

All of the children in the area had an allocated social worker who visited them regularly.

The report says care plans were of good quality, setting out arrangements made in relation to the child's placement, their education and health needs, supports required by the child and their foster carers, and the child's contact with their birth family.

Inspectors found there were good governance processes in place for managing allegations and serious concerns against foster carers.

While overall the foster care service in Mayo is good, HIQA also identified a few areas for improvement.

Tusla area manager Paddy Martin says Tusla will address areas where improvement is required and will make the necessary improvements.




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