Fine Gael Meath East TD and member of the Oireachtas Health Committee, Regina Doherty, has today (Thursday) welcomed confirmation from the Minister for Children, Frances Fitzgerald TD, that the HSE has been asked to fill four posts for regional coordinators for services for victims of child abuse.
Deputy Doherty was speaking after Minister Fitzgerald addressed the Health Committee earlier today.
“The report published by the Rape Crisis Centre yesterday, which detailed shocking levels of sexual abuse, underlined the need for a national coordinated approach to support sex abuse victims. The news that the HSE is to hire four regional coordinators for services for victims of child abuse is a very positive step.
“We need to ensure that children who have suffered sexual abuse have access to the best possible services and care. Minister Fitzgerald is committed to developing a national approach for sexual abuse services for children and young people.
“The Rape Crisis Centre’s report also highlighted the very disturbing fact that more than a third of abusers are children under 18. In a bid to address this problem, the HSE will also be filling four posts for regional coordinators providing services for children demonstrating sexually harmful behaviour.
“We must constantly seek to improve the services we provide to sexual abuse victims, and potential abusers. This week’s report provided stark evidence about those perpetrating sexual abuse, which is difficult to face up to, but impossible to ignore. I am glad that the HSE is filling coordinator posts that will both help those who have suffered abuse, and hopefully help to prevent young adults from abusing in the first place.”