Press Release

Minister launches new National Standards for Children´s Residential Centres

The Minister for Children, Mary Hanafin, T.D., today (Monday, 10th September, 2001) launches the National Standards for Children´s Residential Centres at a conference on Best Practice in Residential Care organised by her Department in the Hodson Bay Hotel.

The need for National Standards to ensure consistency of care was highlighted by the Social Services Inspectorate in their inspections of children´s residential homes.

Minister Hanafin said “Children who are in residential care deserve the best care possible as their needs are complex and varied. It is vital that their physical, emotional, psychological and social needs are met in a safe, loving and understanding environment”.

The standards cover all areas affecting the life of the child including

  • their rights
  • care planning for the child
  • the care of young people
  • protecting and safeguarding them
  • their health and education

“These new standards,” said Minister Hanafin, “are based on relevant legislation, regulation and current professional understanding of what constitutes good quality service. They will be applied to residential centres in both the voluntary and statutory sector”.

The 2 Day Conference on Monday and Tuesday 10th-11th September is addressing a number of areas of Best Practice in Residential Children´s Centres and will be addressed by national and international speakers.