Concern at shortages of key care staff for Limerick kids

OVER 12% of children in care in the Mid-West have no allocated social worker, according to figures from Tusla, The Child and Family Agency.

Limerick does better, with just 15 (or 5%) of the 295 children in care without a social worker as of June 30 this year.

There are also significant shortages of link workers, staff who support and advise foster carers.

The data shows that only 101 of 212 foster carers in Limerick currently have a link worker to rely on, while just 275 of 438 foster carers in the Mid-West have a link worker.

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