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Health Information and Quality Authority. (2018) National standards for children’s residential centres. Dublin: HIQA.

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HIQA recognises the importance of increasing the quality and safety of care for all children, especially children who are particularly vulnerable and are living away from their families. These National Standards for Children’s Residential Centres have been developed by HIQA to ensure that children1 living in children’s residential centres are provided with child-centred, safe and effective care and support.

Children living in residential care have the right to be safe, to receive child-centred care and support, and to have access to the services and support they need in order to maximise their wellbeing and development. Children’s residential centres must be mindful of the developmental needs of children and work to meet each child’s individual needs, while also recognising that these needs will change as the child grows and develops. Children should be treated with dignity and respect at all times, should be supported to participate in decision-making and their views should be considered when decisions that affect them are being made. Children’s residential centres should be homely and should promote the positive development of all children who live there, while recognising the challenges of a group living environment.

The Standards aim to promote progressive improvements in the care and support provided in children’s residential centres. The National Standards provide a framework for the ongoing development of child-centred, safe and effective services for children living in residential centres.

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