Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Thursday, 19 October 2017
Public Accounts Committee
Tusla - Financial Statements 2016
Mr. Fred McBride:
-----by saying that I believe that supervision orders are not used often enough because the legislation around them is inadequate. They do not give sufficient power to intervene properly with some of the issues that need to be addressed. Therefore, the courts and others revert to care orders. There is significant value in increasing the number of supervision orders but, in saying that, the powers within them need to be increased so that more use can be made of them.
I do not have the figure for our current number of supervision orders with me. We can get it, but the number is small as a proportion of care orders.