ISPCC’s service in Waterford, which receives up to 30,000 calls a year through Childline, is to close down fully by December 1.
Cllr Melissa O’Neill, acting on behalf of the 35 ISPCC volunteer workers in the south east, called on government bodies and ministers, including the HSE, Tulsa, Minister for justice and equality Charlie Flanagan and Minister for children and youth affairs Katherine Zappone to intervene and support the volunteers.
The ISPCC service, which mentors up to 20 families a year, is to be closed due to lack of government funding. “As Kilkenny, Tipperary, Wexford and now Waterford will not have this vital service facility the region and our children are again been left behind. Although the Childline service is a national organisation and all calls will still be received, only 75% of calls are attended to at the moment and we believe the closure of the Waterford unit that attends four phones will impact on the percentage attended to especially over the Christmas period,” Cllr O’Neill said.