New figures released by the court services in Ireland today show that the number of children who are taken into care by Health Service Executive (HSE) court applications dramatically increased in 2011.
The latest figures the Court Service released show that the number of children taken into care -- on the grounds that their households were not adequate on safety and welfare grounds -- averaged 43 a week with a total of 2,300 children brought into care in 2011. An increase of 113% from the year beforehand (as also reported by RTE News and Inside Ireland respectively).
The Irish Independent pointed out in its report on these HSE figures, that, in Dublin, children living only a few miles apart have drastically different odds when it comes to the possibility of having to be taken into care.
Per 10,000 children under 18 in Dublin North Central the statistics indicate that 156.8 of them were placed into care. In North Dublin however the figure is 24.1 per 100,000!
The same statistic carried out in Cork in the North and South Lee areas show that 98.4 out of 10,000 in North Lee on average are being placed in care as compared to 47.9 per 10,000 in the South Lee area.
Lack of support for families who are struggling is a major contributor to the deteriorating conditions that lead to these HSE care orders, orders which determine whether or not families welfare's and living conditions are adequate for a child under 18.