Posts Tagged ‘Ombudsman for Children’

The Ombudsman for Children – Emily Logan- We are indeed in Good Hands!

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

“When a parent of two children with special needs has to liaise with people from 24 different health specialities in an effort to secure services, it is clear that there is somenthing radically wrong with the system”

“Without all that work put in by the parents, it was evident the children would not be benefitting from the same level of services. So it begs the question, what about the children who do not have parents¬† who¬† can fight their cause.”

Emily Logan

“Your lot in life should not only be determined by your luck in terms of your parents and your family”

” Her focus for the next year will be on two groups in particular: children with special needs and children who don’t have parents to fight for them.She refuses to bend to the prevailing wind of helplessness that improvements can’t be made without more resources, pointing out that in many cases it is a change of culture and practice that is needed”

“We have to move away from the sense of parents being made to feel grateful for services provided, she argues.”

“It is important that parents, however small their concern, should feel absolutly free to express it without any worry about the ramifications”.

The above are all ectracts from an interview given by the Ombudsman for Children,Emily Logan, to journalist Sheila Wayman – published in the The Irish Times Health Supplement Tuesday 27th July 2010.

Ombudsman for children criticises the HSE

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Child CareThe Ombudsman for Children has criticised the Government and HSE for their failure to implement an independent child death review system -capable of improving child protection and boosting public trust.
Emily Logan said there was a lack of a uniform approach, systematic method or independence to the investigation of child deaths.

She said the HSE currently set up ad hoc inquiries, which were not fully independent and did not provide systematic reviews that could be compared with other inquiries to prodcue robust recommendations.

Next week the Health Information and Quality Authority will publish new guidelines for the HSE to follow in relation to the conduct of investigations into deaths of children in state care and the publication of reports.

This has all emerged as a result of the publicity surrounding the report of the death of Tracey Fay. This case is too upsetting for words! May Tracey rest in peace.