The unit, in the Dublin North East region, was subject to an unannounced visit by inspector in October of last year
A report from the Health Information and Quality Authority has found serious problems with how a high-support unit for teenagers is being run.
The unit, in the Dublin North East region, was subject to an unannounced visit by inspector in October of last year. At the time, the unit was housing four teenagers.
The teenagers at this unit are not prisoners and were not there for any criminal behaviour, but rather because they were vulnerable and had complex needs.
The report found continuous risk taking behaviours by them that included fire setting, substance misuse when absent from the unit and bullying.
Such behaviour, the report finds, demonstrated that the systems in place to protect children and keep them, safe were not effective.
The report also raises concerns about the high number of unauthorised absences from the unit.
There were 134 reported such incidents in the past 12 months.
The report also criticised the practice of doors being locked from 8pm to 8am.
This, the report finds, is authorised and confirmed by the Director of Children and Family Services but was not supported by national policy.
The inspectors found that systems in place to safeguard against the risk of fire were not adequate and fire training was not up to date for all staff.
The inspectors did note though, that there continued to be a good standard of care provided to children in many areas.