Today, the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has published National Standards for Children’s Residential Centres alongside a guide for children living in residential care.

Over 400 children live in children’s residential centres in Ireland. These centres are homes for children who come into care to ensure their needs are met when they cannot live with their own family.

Rachel Flynn, HIQA’s Director of Health Information and Standards, said “HIQA has developed new standards to ensure that children receive the best possible care and support while they live in care. The standards show children what to expect when they live in residential care and show those involved in their care what a child- centred, safe and effective children’s residential centre should look like.”

A copy of the standards, and an accompanying guide aimed at children living in children’s residential centres, can be accessed here alongside the press release.

We have also developed three short videos with people involved in the development of the standards on the importance of these standards to children living in residential centres which you can view on the HIQA YouTube channel