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Written Answers. - Child Abuse.

Wednesday, 18 December 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 559 No. 6

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 164. Mr. Costello Information on Joe Costello Zoom on Joe Costello  asked the Minister for Health and Children Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin  if he has information or statistics on the number of foster children who were abused while in the care of the State; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26881/02]

Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children (Mr. B. Lenihan): Information on Brian Lenihan Zoom on Brian Lenihan Statistics are not available for the number of children in foster care who were abused while in the care of the State.

In 2000, the year for which the latest figures are available, there were 8,269 cases of suspected child abuse referred to the health boards. The number of children involved in these cases was 7,739. This abuse includes physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse as well as neglect. As many as 3,085 cases were confirmed as abuse and 778 were confirmed as non-abuse or the suspicions were unfounded. There were 1,904 inconclusive assessments and 2,502 assessments were ongoing at the end of 2000. Figures for 2001 will be available early next year.


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