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|Title: ||Review of adequacy of child care and family support services, Southern Health Board, 2002|
|Publisher: ||Southern Health Board (SHB)|
|Issue Date: ||2002 |
|Description: ||This report is produced in accordance with the Obligation set out in Section 8 of the Child Care Act, 1991 , which states that the
Health Board is obliged to "annually ... have a report prepared on the adequacy of the child care and family support services
available in its area as stated in 2001, the Southern Health Board is committed to tightening the link between this Review and the Service Plan so that
the Review, prescribed by legislation, can be used as a formative tool in assessing and planning service delivery.
First and foremost our service must 'promote the welfare of children in its area who are not receiving adequate care and
protection' (Part 11, Section 3) and 'provide child care and family support services ... as it considers necessary or desire for
The Health (Amendment(No. 3) Act, 1996 imposes on the health boards an obligation to be accountable for spending and to
reconcile budgets annually. This poses a challenge to reconcile our obligations under the two different pieces of legislation.
The Department of Health and Children implemented a major change to funding policy, specifically in relation to Supplementary
Estimates, in 2002 to 2001 the Supplementary Estimate covered costs presented which arose during a year and which could
not have been anticipated at the beginning of the year. 1t was also possible to determine the allocation of such funding based on
need at a local level. For 2002 increases in expenditure were only made available for specific issues determined by Government
Policy and Government Utilities. In addition the amount that was made available in 2002 was significantly curtailed from that
allowable up to 2001.
This Review examines broad plans and reports on services delivered by the health board to the Department of Health and
Children in accordance with terms set out by the Department It also provides an opportunity to engage a range of staff and
clinicians in examining service performance in the past year and to indicate areas that require development or funding.
The Southern Health Board is committed to the development of local policies that will enable us to gauge the merit of our world
and the level of service provided to doctors and patients.
In 2002 we consolidated and enhanced a number of services. In particular, the Family Welfare Conference Department was
established in accordance with the Children's Act, 2001 . We progressed the development of multidisciplinary, child protection and
family support practice guidelines, and the computerised Child Protection Notification System, which was promoted internally and
externally, in accordance with Children First - National Guidelines for the Protection and Welfare of Children.
I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate and thank all our staff in the health board and in the many non-statutory
agencies In Cork and Kerry who provide services on our behalf, for their dedication and hard work during 2002.
This Review has been presented to the Child Care Committee of the Southern Health Board, in accordance with the
legislative retirement The comments of the members have been taken into consideration prior to publication.
The coming year promises to be a challenging one, but I am fully confident that by working together we can ensure that the
highest quality of care will continue to be delivered to all who come in contact with our services.|
|Keywords: ||CHILD CARE|
SOUTHERN HEALTH BOARD (SHB)
|Appears in Collections: ||SHB Publications|
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