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Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Child Abuse Reports (10 Jul 2019)

Denise Mitchell: 56. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if she is satisfied with the progress made within Tusla further to the report of the national review panel, NRP, of December 2018 into the abuse of children in care in County Galway; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29681/19]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Child Abuse Reports (10 Jul 2019)

Denise Mitchell: Is the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs satisfied with the progress made within Tusla in light of the NRP report of December 2018 into the abuse of children in care in Galway?

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Child Abuse Reports (10 Jul 2019)

Denise Mitchell: I thank the Minister for her response. We have to recognise the progress that has been made since this horrific case. One of the recommendations of the review panel related to the response to the allegations of abuse and the need for an integrated response. The report notes that the Department is piloting an integrated model for investigation, assessment and management of child sexual...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Child Abuse Reports (10 Jul 2019)

Denise Mitchell: I thank the Minister for her response. Another issues raised in the review was how children who were subject to abuse felt that they were unable to tell anybody. This was made worse if the visits and inspections by Tusla were infrequent. They did not feel that they were in an environment in which they could share the information. The Minister has answered that question. The Minister will...

Ceisteanna - Questions - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: School Completion Programme (10 Jul 2019)

Denise Mitchell: 49. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs her plans to expand the school completion programme, SCP; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29679/19]

Ceisteanna - Questions - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: School Completion Programme (10 Jul 2019)

Denise Mitchell: My question is to ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if she has any plans to expand the SCP and if she will make a statement on the matter.

Ceisteanna - Questions - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: School Completion Programme (10 Jul 2019)

Denise Mitchell: I cannot speak highly enough of the work being done under the school completion programme. Unfortunately, under previous Governments resources for this important programme were cut. Its move to Tusla seems to have led to many complaints from staff and teachers about how long it takes for the scheme and the activities to be approved. With everything else Tusla has on its plate, it is...

Ceisteanna - Questions - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: School Completion Programme (10 Jul 2019)

Denise Mitchell: The half year Exchequer returns boasted of another year of record tax yields. I hope there will be more investment and supports, particularly for our young people in this programme. The Minister said there is an allocation of more than €24 million but ideally I would like it to be much more than that and I hope the Minister will champion this. We heard from co-ordinators who feel...

Written Answers — Department of Children and Youth Affairs: Child and Family Agency Staff (10 Jul 2019)

Denise Mitchell: 61. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the progress made regarding the recruitment and retention of social workers within Tusla; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29682/19]

Written Answers — Department of Children and Youth Affairs: Affordable Childcare Scheme (10 Jul 2019)

Denise Mitchell: 85. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the status of the national childcare scheme; her plans to ensure low income families availing of targeted supports will not be negatively affected by the roll out of the scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29680/19]

Written Answers — Department of Children and Youth Affairs: Children in Care (10 Jul 2019)

Denise Mitchell: 91. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if she is satisfied that residential centres for vulnerable children are adequately staffed and resourced; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29683/19]

Written Answers — Department of Children and Youth Affairs: Child and Family Agency Staff (9 Jul 2019)

Denise Mitchell: 697. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of social workers employed by Tusla by region in tabular form. [29779/19]

Written Answers — Department of Children and Youth Affairs: Child and Family Agency Staff (9 Jul 2019)

Denise Mitchell: 698. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of link workers employed by Tusla by region in tabular form. [29780/19]

Written Answers — Department of Children and Youth Affairs: Child and Family Agency Data (9 Jul 2019)

Denise Mitchell: 699. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of children waiting on the appointment of a social worker by region in tabular form; and the average length of time such children have been on a waiting list. [29781/19]

Written Answers — Department of Children and Youth Affairs: Child and Family Agency Data (9 Jul 2019)

Denise Mitchell: 700. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of families waiting on the appointment of a fostering link worker by region in tabular form; and the average length of time such families have been on a waiting list. [29782/19]

Written Answers — Department of Children and Youth Affairs: School Completion Programme (9 Jul 2019)

Denise Mitchell: 701. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of school completion programmes in operation nationally; the number of children availing of such programmes; and the breakdown of such programmes by county in tabular form. [29783/19]

Written Answers — Department of Children and Youth Affairs: Child and Family Agency Staff (9 Jul 2019)

Denise Mitchell: 702. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the progress made in recruiting social workers for Tusla; the number of social workers that left Tusla in the past year; the number recruited in the past year; the number of social workers that left within one year of being recruited; the number of administrative staff recruited in the past year; and if she will make a statement on the...

Written Answers — Department of Children and Youth Affairs: Domestic Violence Refuges Provision (9 Jul 2019)

Denise Mitchell: 703. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of domestic violence refuges and refuge places nationally; her plans to increase provision; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29785/19]

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