Seanad debates

Thursday, 21 March 2024

Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters

Childcare Services

9:30 am

Photo of Niall CollinsNiall Collins (Limerick County, Fianna Fail) | Oireachtas source

Home visiting programmes are recognised as having positive outcomes for families who receive them. The intention of the Minister, Deputy O'Gorman's Department with the additional funding from the children's fund is that an increased number of children and families will benefit from such a service. As mentioned earlier, Traveller and lone parent families will initially be targeted. Based on the evidence gathered, a co-ordinated and prioritised national approach can then be implemented with a view to expanding access to regions and cohorts that currently do not have access to home visiting services. This funding will have a real positive impact for children and families who are vulnerable and experience disadvantage in Ireland. Additionally, families can avail of universal and targeted parenting support programmes available in their areas, provided by Tusla, the HSE and their partners in the community and voluntary sectors. All of these services are aimed at supporting parents and carers to be more confident and capable in their parenting role, helping to achieve the best outcomes for children and families.


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