Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (1158)

Niamh Smyth

Question:

1158. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the family resource centres in an area (details supplied); if new applications have been made for centres in the area; the areas they have been made from; the stage at which these applications are at; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12808/19]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

The Family Resource Centre (FRC) Programme is administered by Tusla, the Child and Family Agency.

I have secured an increase of €1.5 million in additional funding for the further investment and development of the Family Resource Centre Programme this year. There are currently no plans to establish any new Family Resource Centres in 2019. Additional funding will to used to support and develop existing Family Resource Centres this year.

There are four Family Resource Centres in Counties Cavan and Monaghan. They are as follows:

- FOCUS Family Resource Centre, Killeshandra, Co. Cavan;

- Teach Oscail Family Resource Centre, Cavan Town;

- Teach na nDaoine Family Resource Centre, Mullaghmatt/Cortolvin, Co. Monaghan;

- Clones Family Resource Centre, Clones, Co. Monaghan.

Tusla has advised it has not received new applications to the Family Resource Centre Programme from organisations in Counties Cavan or Monaghan in 2019.

Tusla identifies and monitors the need for the delivery of family support services based on population demographics and identified needs across the country, including the Cavan-Monaghan area.

Tusla continues to work with Family Resource Centres and other family support organisations throughout the country and will discuss service needs and funding resources with centres, where appropriate. Tusla is committed to using all available resources for children and families in the most efficient, equitable, proportionate and sustainable way.