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Sexual assaults by teens on care workers

SOCIAL care workers in a regional residential centre are suffering from repeated physical and sexual assaults by teenagers with behavioural issues, a health union has claimed. It has been further claimed that social care workers in a Limerick centre are going out sick to avoid the prospect of being subjected to even more abuse from children in care, who have escaped major sanction. The Limerick Health and Welfare Branch of Impact tabled a number of motions at the union’s recent conference in Ennis concerning the repeated assaults of social care workers in residential care centres in Limerick run by Tusla, the child and family agency. The branch called for the union to negotiate a policy with Tusla in response to social care workers who are repeatedly assaulted. It requested the union to work with Tusla to ensure that social care workers in residential settings can transfer to community or other settings if they experience either psychological or physical health problems, or …

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