An annual report on the quality of services provided to vulnerable children
The Children's Commissioner is mandated to monitor the services provided to children under the Child, Young Persons and their Families Act, 1989.
The State of Care 2015 report is the first annual summary from our independent monitoring of Child, Youth and Family’s policies, practices and services. It includes feedback from children and young people about their experiences in the system.
While the 2015 report found pockets of excellent practice within Child, Youth and Family, it also highlights inconsistencies in the care and services provided to children. It also reveals a lack of accessible information about how well children are doing while in care and their outcomes once they have left the system.
In late 2013 we refreshed our approach to monitoring CYF and developed a new framework (see sidebar on this page). We wanted to ensure that our monitoring was as effective as possible.
As part of this new approach, we decided to produce an annual public report, to increase transparency about our work and the work of Child, Youth and Family.
This is our first public State of Care report. It aggregates the findings of the monitoring reports we completed for a sample of sites and residences between January 2014 and June 2015, and summarises the voices of children in care who shared their views with us during that time.
It looks at how well children in care are doing according to available data on measures of wellbeing, including health, education and justice outcomes, and draws on what we learned from our engagement with stakeholders and wider child advocacy work in the period.
On the basis of these findings, it makes recommendations to improve CYF’s performance.
We will publish another State of Care report in 2016.
As part of our monitoring we talk to children and young people in the care system about their experiences. The State of Care 2015 report reflects the views, opinions and concerns of these young people.
More information is available in Part 2 of the report.