Updated: 28/02/17 : 07:04:25
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Waterford foster care failure reports for publication today

Two reports will be published today into failures at a foster home in Waterford, where 47 children were placed over two decades up to 2013.

One of the children was 'Grace' - a young woman with profound intellectual disabilities.

She was left in the foster home for almost 20 years, despite a succession of sexual abuse allegations.

RTÉ reports that the Health Service Executive-commissioned Conal Devine and Resilience Ireland reports were circulated to affected service users and their families yesterday.

RTÉ Investigates has seen advance copies of the reports in which multiple failures in the care system are listed.

Among the findings is that for long periods of time there was "no intervention or interactions" with 'Grace' in her foster placement and various people who were directly involved in her case, failed to discharge a duty of care to 'Grace'.

In relation to other people who were placed in the same foster home, no evidence could be found that such placements were "... conducive to their welfare..."

Overcrowding was a problem in the home - the suitability of the foster carers was not assessed and children in their care regularly went un-monitored.

The two reports will be officially published by the HSE at 11am.