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HIQA: Care unit building unsuitable

Wednesday, 6th December, 2017 6:05pm

A new inspection report has revealed renewed concerns about a building that is currently being used for a special care unit.

The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) published inspection reports this week which included the Gleann Alainn special care unit in Cork.

A statement from HIQA said that during an unannounced inspection at Gleann Alainn on 19-20 July 2017, inspectors observed that staff treated children with respect and presented as dedicated and committed to the care of the children.

The statement continued: “However, as highlighted in previous inspection reports, the building is unsuitable for use as a special care unit and the environment was not homely or stimulating for children.

“The unsuitability of the building also made it difficult for staff to manage behaviour that was challenging. Furthermore, improvements were required in supervision and training, in ensuring that all staff were qualified, and in ensuring that staff files contained all required documents and information.”

HIQA is authorised by the Minister for Children and Youth to inspect children's special care services provided by the Child and Family Agency (Tusla).

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