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Saturday 3 December 2016

Youth left with broken jaw after park assault

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A YOUTH who is in the care of the State in a direct provision centre suffered serious facial injuries after an assault

The incident took place the same week a Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) report was published raising concerns about children living in direct provision.

The teenager, believed to be 16, was attacked by a group of youths in a public park in Clondalkin, west Dublin last month.

The incident happened near the South Dublin Astroturf pitch, Balgaddy Road at around 6pm on May 23.

After the assault, the teenager made his way to a local pub, where emergency services were alerted.

Bleeding

A source described the youth "bleeding heavily" and said that he suffered a suspected broken jaw. "The young lad's face was badly swollen from the attack and was badly bruised as well," the source added.

He was transferred to hospital where he was treated for his injuries. Gardai said no arrests have yet been made in relation to the assault.

The attack occurred just two days before HIQA raised concerns about children living in direct provision, who have been referred to the Child and Family Agency.

It said that 14pc of young people currently living in these centres were referred to social services, for reasons including physical abuse, protection concerns and exposure to domestic violence.

There were approximately 1,600 children living in direct provision accommodation.

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