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Delays of up to 10 months in Tusla staff notifying suspected child abuse cases to gardaí have been identified in a new report.

The Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) reviewed 12 of 17 of the child and family agency’s service areas in Ireland and while overall standards and progress were found to be high, some concerns were identified.

Published on Wednesday, the overview report found that improvements are required in the “completion and timeliness” of notifications of suspected abuse by Tusla staff to gardaí.

“Delays in notifying the Gardaí were found in eight service areas, with delays ranging from four weeks in three service areas and up to 10 months in two service areas,” Hiqa said. “The reasons for these delays were not always recorded or clear from the files of the children in question.”

However, inspectors said all service areas took immediate action in emergency situations to protect and promote the safety of children, and the quality of completed preliminary enquiries “was generally good”.

The review, focusing on child protection and welfare services, was carried out between 2019 and April, 2021 and included interviews with 65 children and 110 parents.

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