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Increase In Number Of Children Injured In Childcare Services

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5:55 AM - 19 Aug 2019



There has been a 35 percent increase in the number of children who've been seriously injured in childcare services this year.

Tusla, the child and family agency, has also been notified of the deaths of two children who were attending early years services.

According to details released under the Freedom of Information, as of June the 19th, 116 children had been seriously injured while attending pre-school services this year - up significantly from 86 at the same point in 2018.

Five children have also gone missing in childcare services this year, which Suzanne Connolly, the chief executive of children's charity Barnardos, says is a huge concern.

In March, a child died in hospital after being transferred from a full day-care service in the Dublin Mid-Leinster region.

In June, another death was reported - this time the child died in a full day-care service in the Dublin North East region.

Tusla says since 2016, it has been raising awareness among providers of the need to report serious incidents, which may account for the increasing number, and that it considers children who go missing in early years services to be a serious breach of regulations.



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