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Thursday, 24 October 2019

Department of Children and Youth Affairs

Area Based Childhood Programme

Photo of Anne RabbitteAnne Rabbitte (Galway East, Fianna Fail)
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277. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the funding provided to each ABC centre for 2020. [43956/19]

Photo of Katherine ZapponeKatherine Zappone (Dublin South West, Independent)
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The Area Based Childhood (ABC) Programme is a prevention and early intervention initiative targeting investment in effective services to improve the outcomes for children and families living in a number of specific areas of disadvantage.  

DCYA is now the sole funder of the ABC Programme. In November 2017, my Department initiated a process, in consultation with key ABC Programme stakeholders, to consider options for sustaining the work of the ABC Programme within a new vision for a community based prevention and early intervention programme from 2019 and beyond. Following these consultations, the decision was taken to transfer the current ABC Programme to Tusla, from September 2019 as part of the national Prevention, Partnership and Family Support Programme (PPFS).

A working group was established in May 2018 to support the transition into this new national structure that can build on the achievements to date in both the ABC and PPFS Programmes, and strengthen Tusla’s prevention and early intervention operations. As part of this national structure, it will take a renewed focus on addressing child poverty and inform the delivery of prevention and early intervention initiatives, improving the lives of children and families throughout Ireland. 

The budget agreed for 2020 for the Prevention Programme in Tusla, including funding for the ABC Programme, is €9.5m. The local budgeting process is ongoing, it is expected that areas will receive similar budgets in 2020, which will be drawn down on a needs basis.


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