An Bord Comhairleach um Achtanna na Leanaí - The Children Acts Advisory Board

Revised Criteria for the Appropriate Use of Special Care Units

26 November 2008

Revised Criteria for the Appropriate Use of Special Care Units

Special Care Units are managed by the HSE. The purpose of a special care unit is to provide a facility where young people who are in need of special care or protection are placed with the explicit objective to provide a period of stabilising short term care which will enable a young person to return to less secure care as soon as possible. It is therefore very important to ensure that the facilities of special care units are appropriately used. It was within this context that the former Special Residential Services Board and the HSE reviewed and agreed a set of ‘Criteria for the Appropriate Use of Special Care Units’ in November 2006. This Criteria was further reviewed in 2008, please click on this link to download the current ‘Criteria for the Appropriate Use of Special Care Units’