Written Answers. - Child Care Services.

Alan Shatter

Question:

595 Mr. Shatter asked the Minister for Health and Children the number of children within each health board who have been assessed as in need of care and attention and requiring institutional or foster care; the numbers who are within each health board area currently in receipt of such care; and the numbers of such children who are currently awaiting the provision of the type of care it is recommended be made available to them. [20087/00]

The following is the position in respect of each board excluding the ERHA. Information for the ERHA is not yet to hand. I will forward it to the Deputy when available.

Health Board

Number assessed as in need residential / foster care

Number currently receiving recommended care*

Number awaiting provision of recommended care

MHB

51

243

32

MWHB

427

417

10

NEHB

505

448

57

NWHB

100

229

4

SEHB

544

544

0

SHB

552

496

56

WHB

61

286

7

Total

2,240

2,663

166

*Some boards have included long-term care placements in this category.