Tuesday, 22 November 2016
Department of Children and Youth Affairs
Residential Institutions Data
568. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs when it is anticipated that a children and young persons' residential care facility (details supplied) shall fully reopen for service users; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [36138/16]
At the end of June 2016, there were 209 children in statutory care of Tusla in Donegal with over 96% in foster care, broken down by 79% in general foster care and 17% in relative foster care. Less than 2% of children were in general residential care with the remainder in other placements determined by their care plan. This compares very favourably with the national figure of just over 93% of children in care in foster care.
Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, has confirmed that the purpose and function of the centre referred to remains under consideration while the premises is being upgraded. The local placement needs, as determined by social work services in the area, will be taken into account when deciding on the future of the centre.