FORTY ALLEGATIONS of child abuse have been made against foster carers living in two local health office areas in Dublin.
In three of the cases the carers had not undergone Garda vetting, which is mandatory under national guidelines.
The Health Service Executive (HSE) told Minister for Children Barry Andrews about the abuse cases in March following an audit of its foster care services, which revealed serious deficiencies in a system catering for 90 per cent of the 5,500 children in State care.
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