Written answers

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Department of Health

Departmental Functions

8:00 pm

Photo of Derek KeatingDerek Keating (Dublin Mid West, Fine Gael)
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Question 460: To ask the Minister for Health the progress made in establishing a new Department for Children; if a secretary general has been appointed; when will the Minister assume full responsibility for child protection, child welfare and the development of youth services nationally;; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17161/11]

Photo of James ReillyJames Reilly (Minister, Department of Health; Dublin North, Fine Gael)
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The Department of Children and Youth Affairs was established on the 2nd June 2011. A wide range of functions relating to the role of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, including functions relating the development of youth services, have already been transferred to the Department of Children and Youth Affairs under a Transfer of Functions Order made under the Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) Act 1939. For the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs to have full responsibility for child protection and child welfare requires primary legislation which will be effected by way of a proposed amendment to the Child Care (Amendment) Bill which is currently before the Dail, and a further transfer of Functions Order will be effected as soon as possible thereafter to transfer the Child Care Acts to the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

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