Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (1166)

Anne Rabbitte

Question:

1166. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number and percentage of children in relative foster care with an allocated social worker by county in tabular form. [13032/19]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

I can advise the Deputy that data is reported by Tusla, the Child and Family Agency by administrative area and not by county. The most recent date for which data is available is December 2018, which is laid out in the table below.

Number and percentage of children in relative foster care with an allocated social worker, by Tusla administrative area.

Area

# in relative foster care

# with social worker

% with social worker

Dublin South East/Wicklow

70

60

86%

Dublin South West/Kildare/West Wicklow

155

94

61%

Dublin South Central

103

99

96%

Midlands

98

83

85%

Dublin North City

162

138

85%

Dublin North

95

82

86%

Louth/Meath

80

75

94%

Cavan/Monaghan

24

23

96%

Kerry

57

57

100%

Cork

221

221

100%

Carlow/Kilkenny/South Tipperary

96

55

57%

Waterford/Wexford

100

91

91%

Donegal

31

30

97%

Sligo/Leitrim/West Cavan

26

26

100%

Mayo

43

43

100%

Galway/Roscommon

76

76

100%

Midwest

149

132

89%

Social Work Team for Separated Children Seeking Asylum

0

0

TOTAL

1,586

1,385

87%

Whilst a case may be unallocated, this does not necessarily mean that a child is not being seen by a social worker. The relative foster carers, for example, may also have an allocated link social worker. There may also be another Tusla professional meeting with the child in placement such as an access worker or a social care worker/leader. Areas have systems in place, where a social worker has not been allocated to a child, whereby the child still receives a safeguarding visit to ensure his or her needs are being met.