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Written Answers — Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: Maternity Leave (1 Apr 2021)

Roderic O'Gorman: I propose to take Questions Nos. 251 and 252 together. I recognise that miscarriage and stillbirth are very tragic for parents. The Maternity Protection Acts 1994-2004 provide for up to 26 weeks paid maternity leave, and a further 16 weeks unpaid leave for women whose pregnancy has been confirmed by a doctor/medical practitioner after the 24th week of pregnancy. In the event of a...

Written Answers — Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: Childcare Services (1 Apr 2021)

Roderic O'Gorman: Supply of, and demand for, early learning and care and school-age childcare places is monitored annually through the Early Years Sector Profile report. This survey is conducted by Pobal on behalf of the Department. Published data from the 2018/2019 programme year indicates that existing childcare provision, in general, meets current needs nationwide in terms of capacity whilst recognising...

Written Answers — Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: Maternity Leave (1 Apr 2021)

Roderic O'Gorman: Policy on surrogacy rests with the Minister for Health while policy on parentage rests with the Minister for Justice. Legislation on family leaves must be developed in the context of the legal situation concerning parentage, including in relation to surrogacy. Any changes in the legal situation with regard to parentage and surrogacy are matters for the Minister for Justice and Minister for...

Written Answers — Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: Child and Family Agency (1 Apr 2021)

Roderic O'Gorman: The Deputy is referring to an operational matter for Tusla, the Child and Family Agency. I have therefore referred the matter to Tusla, and asked that a direct response be provided to the Deputy.

Written Answers — Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: Mother and Baby Homes Inquiries (1 Apr 2021)

Roderic O'Gorman: The Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes submitted a Sixth Interim Report to the then Minister for Children and Youth Affairs on 2 January 2020. The Sixth Interim Report was published in full on 12 January 2021 in line with the commitment I gave to publish this Report in tandem with the Commission's Final Report. I have requested my Department to provide the Deputy with...

Written Answers — Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: Joint Labour Committees (1 Apr 2021)

Roderic O'Gorman: The Programme for Government commits to supporting the establishment of a Joint Labour Committee (JLC) for the early learning and care and school-age childcare sector and the drawing up of an Employment Regulation Order. In December 2020, I began a short process to examine the possibility of regulating the pay and conditions of employment of practitioners in early learning and care and...

Written Answers — Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: Departmental Bodies Data (1 Apr 2021)

Roderic O'Gorman: I can inform the Deputy that Tusla publishes considerable information on its funding of bodies under section 56 of the Child and Family Agency Acts 2013. For example, Appendix 1 of the Tusla's Annual Financial Statements for 2019 provides a list of organisations that received payments equal to or greater than €50,000 in that year. These are published and were laid before the Houses of...

Written Answers — Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: Child and Family Agency (1 Apr 2021)

Roderic O'Gorman: The purpose of the Prevention, Partnership and Family Support Programme (PPFS) is to support children, young people, parents and families in accessing preventative and support services while enabling their participation in decisions which affect their lives. It aims to prevent risks to children and young people arising or escalating through building sustainable services within Tusla and...

Written Answers — Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: Departmental Funding (1 Apr 2021)

Roderic O'Gorman: The current funding difficulties in the organisation referred to by the Deputy has been brought to my attention at a meeting with the organisation’s Board. The ongoing management of the organisation referred to by the Deputy is a matter for their Board, including the challenges being presented due to the recent Covid-19 restrictions. My Department provides substantial funding to...

Written Answers — Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: Departmental Staff (1 Apr 2021)

Roderic O'Gorman: The table below shows a breakdown of staff employed in my Department in the requested grades by gender as of 30 March 2021. Grade Female Male Total Higher Executive Officer 40 29 69 Administrative Officer 21 14 35 Assistant Principal 58 35 ...

Written Answers — Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: Domestic Violence Refuges Provision (1 Apr 2021)

Roderic O'Gorman: The response to Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence (DSGBV) is a cross Departmental and multi-agency issue. Policy is coordinated by the Department of Justice. Under the Child and Family Agency Act, 2013, Tusla, the Child and Family Agency has statutory responsibility for the care and protection of victims of DSGBV. Capital funding for approved housing bodies, including services that...

Written Answers — Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: Departmental Data (1 Apr 2021)

Roderic O'Gorman: This Department does not provide the type of data this PQ references to the Department of Health.

Written Answers — Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: General Data Protection Regulation (1 Apr 2021)

Roderic O'Gorman: The information requested by the Deputy is set out in the following table: Complaints / Requests Total number (2018 to date) Complaints. 2 (one from a member of the public) Requests for access to personal data. 102 99 accepted.3 refused (adverse effect on third party). Requests for...

Written Answers — Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: Parental Leave (31 Mar 2021)

Roderic O'Gorman: I propose to take Questions Nos. 690 and 728 together. I recognise that miscarriage and stillbirth are very tragic for parents. The Maternity Protection Acts 1994-2004 provide for up to 26 weeks paid maternity leave, and a further 16 weeks unpaid leave for women whose pregnancy has been confirmed by a doctor/medical practitioner after the 24th week of pregnancy. In the event of a...

Written Answers — Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: Family Support Services (31 Mar 2021)

Roderic O'Gorman: The development of a national model of parenting support services is a key action under First 5: A Whole-of-Government Strategy for Babies, Young Children and their Families 2019-2028 which sets out a commitment to “develop a national model of parenting services, from universal to targeted provision, covering key stages of child development, taking account of parents and children in a...

Written Answers — Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: Commencement of Legislation (31 Mar 2021)

Roderic O'Gorman: My intention is to commence the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 (the 2015 Act) in June 2022. The 2015 Act provides a modern statutory framework to support decision-making by adults with capacity difficulties. The 2015 Act is primarily the policy responsibility of my Department except for Part 8 of the 2015 Act which deals with advance healthcare planning and is the...

Written Answers — Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: Voluntary Sector (31 Mar 2021)

Roderic O'Gorman: The ongoing management of the organisation referred to by the Deputy is a matter for their Board, including the challenges being presented due to the recent Covid-19 restrictions. My Department provides substantial funding to this organisation, which plays an important role in providing young people with opportunities for developmental experiences and informal learning. All of the youth...

Written Answers — Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: Voluntary Sector (31 Mar 2021)

Roderic O'Gorman: The ongoing management of the organisation referred to by the Deputy is a matter for their Board, including the challenges being presented due to the recent Covid-19 restrictions. My Department provides substantial funding to this organisation, which plays an important role in providing young people with opportunities for developmental experiences and informal learning. All of the youth...

Written Answers — Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: Domestic Violence Refuges Provision (31 Mar 2021)

Roderic O'Gorman: Tusla, the Child and Family Agency has statutory responsibility for the care and protection of victims of domestic, sexual and gender-based violence (DGSBV). I have requested Tusla to respond to the Deputy directly on the information sought.

Written Answers — Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: Youth Services (31 Mar 2021)

Roderic O'Gorman: This issue has previously been brought to my attention at a meeting with the organisation's Board and management. The ongoing management of the organisation referred to by the Deputy is a matter for their Board, including the challenges being presented due to the recent Covid-19 restrictions. My Department provides substantial funding to this organisation, which plays an important role...

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