Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Questions (603)

Seán Fleming


603. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the legislative provisions in respect of his Department that has been passed by the Oireachtas since 2011 but have not come into effect to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24145/14]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

Part 5 of the Child Care (Amendment) Act 2011 and a number of sections in Parts 2 and 3 remain to be commenced. A substantial element of the uncommenced sections relates to provisions for special care. Given the legislative framework utilised to manage the interaction between the Child Care Act 1991 and the Health Act 2007, in relation to special care provisions, Regulations under the Health Act 2007 are required in advance of the commencement of these sections. Work is at an advanced stage in my Department in drafting the required Regulations for Special Care Units. I would hope to have the Regulations finalised in the near future, and shortly thereafter to draft a commencement order for the relevant sections of the 2011 Act. Other sections of the Act that are not yet in force are being kept under review as to their commencement in association with relevant policy and service developments.