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Prime Time highlights grave risks to children in the care of poorly regulated private operators – Crava.


Crava, an organisation of long-established voluntary care providers, urgently demands action against private operators endangering children in the state’s care.

Crava welcomes tonight’s RTE Prime Time report, which once again highlights the shocking lack of proper oversight of for-profit businesses paid enormous sums to care for the county’s most vulnerable children.

Crava (Children’s Residential and Aftercare Voluntary Association) calls on the Government to adequately fund the voluntary sector and, as a matter of urgency, properly regulate all those tasked with caring for at-risk children, as happens in the voluntary sector.

Years of chronic underfunding and short-term thinking have seen the State outsource the care of children. A complete lack of strategic planning has led to a situation where the State is simply funding a crisis while at the same time increasing the risk to children.

We are calling on the government to address the crisis in our care system with

  • regular robust inspections of all providers of care
  • an independent review of our care system
  • appropriate funding to the voluntary sector
  • restoring pay and pension conditions for those working in the voluntary sector to retain existing qualified staff and attract new staff

Failure to do so continues to place the lives of the most vulnerable children in our country at risk.


Previous CRAVA statements on crisis in care system