An investigation by the Ombudsman for Children into Stewarts Hospital and the Health Services Executive into the administrative policies and procedures followed in relation to an incident where a child with physical and learning disabilities was slapped by a member of hospital staff while in respite care at Stewarts Hospital

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/317574
Title:
An investigation by the Ombudsman for Children into Stewarts Hospital and the Health Services Executive into the administrative policies and procedures followed in relation to an incident where a child with physical and learning disabilities was slapped by a member of hospital staff while in respite care at Stewarts Hospital
Authors:
Ombudsman for Children Office (OCO)
Citation:
Ombudsman for Children An investigation by the Ombudsman for Children into Stewarts Hospital and the Health Services Executive into the administrative policies and procedures followed in relation to an incident where a child with physical and learning disabilities was slapped by a member of hospital staff while in respite care at Stewarts Hospital Dublin Oct 2011
Publisher:
Ombudsman for Children Office (OCO)
Issue Date:
Oct-2011
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/317574
Item Type:
Report
Language:
en
Description:
In July 2008 the Ombudsman for Children became aware of a case in which a staff member of Stewarts Hospital had been dismissed on the grounds of gross misconduct for slapping a child with physical and intellectual disabilities in respite care, following an internal hospital inquiry. The incident in question occurred in July 2006 when a child in respite care in Stewarts Hospital was slapped by a member of staff. This incident resulted in an internal investigation following which the staff member was dismissed. This action was appealed by the staff member concerned to the Employment Appeals Tribunal and the Tribunal determined that the dismissal had been unfair and that the staff member should be reinstated as an employee of Stewarts Hospital. The Ombudsman for Children may initiate investigations of her own volition. On the basis of the information about this case put into the public domain, the Office contacted Stewarts Hospital in 2008 to undertake a preliminary examination into the matter. Given the importance of the issues raised by this incident a decision was taken to launch a full investigation into the administrative policies and procedures followed by Stewarts Hospital in relation to this incident. As this investigation progressed it became necessary to include the HSE, as the statutory body with responsibility for child protection, in the remit of the investigation. The Ombudsman for Children took the decision to launch an investigation into the administrative actions of Stewarts Hospital and the Health Services Executive (HSE) for a number of reasons including to determine: • Whether the best interests of the child had been considered at all stages of the process • How welfare concerns or potential risks to children in Stewarts Hospital were being dealt with • How Stewarts Hospital and the HSE had reacted to the incident • The extent to which these organisations are guided and supported by legislation and policy • The level of monitoring that existed in relation to the incident and how the reinstatement of the employee had been handled • How the competing interests of the employee and the child were addressed • Whether the child concerned had been adversely affected as a result of the incident and the subsequent actions
Keywords:
CHILD HEALTH; CHILD ABUSE; DIABILITY CARE
Local subject classification:
DISABILITIES

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorOmbudsman for Children Office (OCO)en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2014-05-28T11:05:41Z-
dc.date.available2014-05-28T11:05:41Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-
dc.identifier.citationOmbudsman for Children An investigation by the Ombudsman for Children into Stewarts Hospital and the Health Services Executive into the administrative policies and procedures followed in relation to an incident where a child with physical and learning disabilities was slapped by a member of hospital staff while in respite care at Stewarts Hospital Dublin Oct 2011en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/317574-
dc.descriptionIn July 2008 the Ombudsman for Children became aware of a case in which a staff member of Stewarts Hospital had been dismissed on the grounds of gross misconduct for slapping a child with physical and intellectual disabilities in respite care, following an internal hospital inquiry. The incident in question occurred in July 2006 when a child in respite care in Stewarts Hospital was slapped by a member of staff. This incident resulted in an internal investigation following which the staff member was dismissed. This action was appealed by the staff member concerned to the Employment Appeals Tribunal and the Tribunal determined that the dismissal had been unfair and that the staff member should be reinstated as an employee of Stewarts Hospital. The Ombudsman for Children may initiate investigations of her own volition. On the basis of the information about this case put into the public domain, the Office contacted Stewarts Hospital in 2008 to undertake a preliminary examination into the matter. Given the importance of the issues raised by this incident a decision was taken to launch a full investigation into the administrative policies and procedures followed by Stewarts Hospital in relation to this incident. As this investigation progressed it became necessary to include the HSE, as the statutory body with responsibility for child protection, in the remit of the investigation. The Ombudsman for Children took the decision to launch an investigation into the administrative actions of Stewarts Hospital and the Health Services Executive (HSE) for a number of reasons including to determine: • Whether the best interests of the child had been considered at all stages of the process • How welfare concerns or potential risks to children in Stewarts Hospital were being dealt with • How Stewarts Hospital and the HSE had reacted to the incident • The extent to which these organisations are guided and supported by legislation and policy • The level of monitoring that existed in relation to the incident and how the reinstatement of the employee had been handled • How the competing interests of the employee and the child were addressed • Whether the child concerned had been adversely affected as a result of the incident and the subsequent actionsen_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherOmbudsman for Children Office (OCO)en_GB
dc.subjectCHILD HEALTHen_GB
dc.subjectCHILD ABUSEen_GB
dc.subjectDIABILITY CAREen_GB
dc.subject.otherDISABILITIESen_GB
dc.titleAn investigation by the Ombudsman for Children into Stewarts Hospital and the Health Services Executive into the administrative policies and procedures followed in relation to an incident where a child with physical and learning disabilities was slapped by a member of hospital staff while in respite care at Stewarts Hospitalen_GB
dc.typeReporten
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