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Written Answers — Department of Children and Youth Affairs: Cyber Security Protocols (11 Jul 2019)

Katherine Zappone: The Department of Health provides ICT services to my Department under the terms of a Service Level Agreement and enacts the following on our behalf. It implements a multi-layered approach to cyber security and to protecting our ICT systems, data and infrastructure. This includes preventative controls like firewalls, anti-virus and endpoint protection alongside an advanced network...

Written Answers — Department of Children and Youth Affairs: Local Authority Funding (11 Jul 2019)

Katherine Zappone: The Capital Grant Funding Scheme in my Department for Play and Recreation was introduced in 2013 to support the development or refurbishment of play and recreation facilities. €250,000 was provided each year between 2013 and 2018 for new and innovative play and recreation spaces and facilities, with a maximum grant allocation of €20,000 per Local Authority. Each Local...

Written Answers — Department of Children and Youth Affairs: Adoption Records Provision (11 Jul 2019)

Katherine Zappone: Tusla - the Child and Family Agency offers an information and tracing service for adopted and other relevant persons in various locations throughout the country. This service is at no cost to the applicant. More information can be found at www.tusla.ie/services/alternative-care/adoption-services/tra cing-service/ Under the GDPR and Data Protection legislation an individual can ask a data...

Written Answers — Department of Children and Youth Affairs: Mother and Baby Homes Inquiries (11 Jul 2019)

Katherine Zappone: The Commission was established by Government in February 2015 to investigate concerns related to the institutional care of unmarried mothers and their babies during the period 1922 to 1998. The Commission is tasked with providing a full account of what happened to vulnerable women and children in these institutions. Following a request from the Commission, Government granted an extension to...

Written Answers — Department of Children and Youth Affairs: Mother and Baby Homes Inquiries (11 Jul 2019)

Katherine Zappone: I have received Dr Shannon's report, and it is under consideration in my Department. A requirement has been identified for detailed legal advice, and this has been sought from the Office of the Attorney General. That advice will determine the options open to Government.

Written Answers — Department of Children and Youth Affairs: Mother and Baby Homes Inquiries (11 Jul 2019)

Katherine Zappone: The Department of Children and Youth Affairs does not have collated information to facilitate an estimate on the numbers of persons born in the Mother and Baby Homes currently under investigation. There is no centralised records system for the fourteen specified institutions but the Deputy may wish to note that certain records from several of these former institutions are now in the...

Written Answers — Department of Children and Youth Affairs: Mother and Baby Homes Inquiries (11 Jul 2019)

Katherine Zappone: As the Deputy will be aware I have addressed the question of a redress scheme for former residents of these institutions on a number of occasions and I do appreciate that calls to establish such a scheme are genuinely made on behalf of an ageing community. It is not possible for a Government to consider an appropriate response to matters which are currently within the scope of an...

Written Answers — Department of Children and Youth Affairs: Mother and Baby Homes Inquiries (11 Jul 2019)

Katherine Zappone: Following the publication of the recommendations from the first report of the Collaborative Forum of former residents of Mother and Baby Homes, my colleague the Minister for Health has convened a working group to develop specific proposals for a package of health and well-being supports. My officials are participating in this work and I understand that there have been three meetings to date....

Written Answers — Department of Children and Youth Affairs: Mother and Baby Homes Inquiries (11 Jul 2019)

Katherine Zappone: I propose to take Questions Nos. 841 to 843, inclusive, together. These proposed memorialisation measures to which the Deputy refers arise from the Government's initial response to the recommendations in the First Report from the Collaborative Forum of former residents of Mother and Baby Homes. My Department has already commencing the detailed scoping work necessary to implement the...

Written Answers — Department of Children and Youth Affairs: Childcare Services Funding (11 Jul 2019)

Katherine Zappone: During the 2000s, when major capital investment was underway, there were concerns as to how quality could be incorporated into childcare services. In that manner, it was decided by my Department to fund a small number of National Voluntary Childcare Organisations (NVCOs) whose members consisted of childcare providers who had the ability to provide quality support within the sector. My...

Written Answers — Department of Children and Youth Affairs: Childcare Services Funding (11 Jul 2019)

Katherine Zappone: Officials in my Department are currently compiling the information as requested by the Deputy. This information will be supplied to the Deputy in no later than 10 working days. I have asked my officials to follow up on this to ensure delivery as a matter of urgency.

Written Answers — Department of Children and Youth Affairs: HSE Staff Data (11 Jul 2019)

Katherine Zappone: The National Childminding Initiative, which began in 2002, contained a number of strands to support childminders. One of the strands was the appointment of Childminding Advisory Officers, some of whom were employed by the HSE and some by City and County Childcare Committees. Their roles included offering information, support and training to childminders; maintaining the voluntary...

Written Answers — Department of Children and Youth Affairs: Mother and Baby Homes Inquiries (11 Jul 2019)

Katherine Zappone: My Department would consider any request for access to records in its possession on a case by case basis in accordance with the relevant rights and protections governing access to public records, in particular where such records may contain sensitive personal information. All records held by my Department in relation to Mother and Baby Homes have been disclosed to the Commission of...

Written Answers — Department of Children and Youth Affairs: Mother and Baby Homes Inquiries (11 Jul 2019)

Katherine Zappone: In accordance with section 9 of the Commissions of Investigation Act 2004, the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes is independent in the performance of its functions. The engagement with witnesses is a matter for the Commission and the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs does not have any role or information in this regard. These operational considerations are managed...

Written Answers — Department of Children and Youth Affairs: Childcare Services Data (11 Jul 2019)

Katherine Zappone: My Department funds 30 City and County Childcare Committees across the country. Part of their role is to advise my Department on capacity issues. In the first instance I would encourage anyone having difficulty in securing a place to make contact with their local CCC. Contact details for all of the CCCs, in addition to other information about the services they provide, may be found on...

Written Answers — Department of Children and Youth Affairs: Living Wage (11 Jul 2019)

Katherine Zappone: As the Deputy may be aware, any adjustments to the salaries of public and civil servants are set out in the Public Service Stability Agreement (PSSA) 2018-2020. A suggested living wage of €12.30 per hour would equate to an annual salary of €23,747, based on a standard civil service net working week of 37 hours. In this Department, to apply the 'living wage' on that basis would...

Written Answers — Department of Children and Youth Affairs: City and County Child Care Committees (11 Jul 2019)

Katherine Zappone: My Department currently funds thirty City & County Childcare Committees (CCCs) across the country to assist in the ongoing delivery of early learning and care and school age childcare programmes. Each CCC has a number of DCYA funded staff. The key objectives for the City/County Childcare Committees are agreed with my Department on an annual basis. One of these objectives is to...

Written Answers — Department of Children and Youth Affairs: Departmental Data (11 Jul 2019)

Katherine Zappone: There are no income streams, such as motor tax, paid directly by individuals to my Department or any of its agencies.

Written Answers — Department of Children and Youth Affairs: Project Ireland 2040 (11 Jul 2019)

Katherine Zappone: I am unaware of any delay in capital projects under Project Ireland 2040 subject to my Department's remit or of its agencies.

Written Answers — Department of Children and Youth Affairs: School Discipline (11 Jul 2019)

Katherine Zappone: The Developing a Code of Behaviour: Guideline for Schools (NEWB, 2008) was published as part of the thenNEWB’s overall strategy to support school attendance and participation. They were designed to provide support for schools in their work with students and their families to ensure that schools can maintain the best possible educational environment. The Guidelines were prepared with...

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