Hiqa has published a report on foster care services in Mayo following an inspection carried out earlier this year.
The report was largely positive but areas of improvement were identified.
These included increased management oversight regarding the timely de-activation of children from the child protection notification system and ensuring that all children received the results from their child-in-care reviews.
The inspection was carried out in February when 126 children were in foster care in the county. Of these, some 39 children were with relatives and 87 with general foster carers.
Children reported they were happy with the foster care service they received. All of the children in the area had an allocated social worker
Care plans were of good quality and set 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 that there were good governance processes in place for the management of allegations and serious concerns against foster carers.
Children who spoke to inspectors commented positively about the aftercare workers and the service they provided.
The child and family agency Tusla has said areas in need of improvement will be addressed.
Paddy Martin, Area Manager, Tusla Mayo said: “The Hiqa inspection report into our fostering services highlights the commitment of the Tusla staff, foster carers, children, and young people in Mayo, our partner agencies, families, and communities to delivering an effective service.
“As well as the many areas of good practice, we also address areas where improvement is required and make the necessary improvements — as well as ensuring that good practice is maintained to ensure that children and foster families in Mayo receive the best possible service.”