Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (1211)

Bríd Smith

Question:

1211. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if children in the care of Tusla are accommodated in emergency situations at locations provided for adult homeless services; if so, the safeguards taken at these locations; if the policy is approved by her; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [13877/19]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

Children in the care of Tulsa are provided with placements with foster families, relatives and where necessary, residential services. At the end of September 2018, 5,602 children, more than 90% of those in the care of the State, were placed with foster families or with relative foster carers.

Children in the care of Tusla are not placed in adult homeless services.

In certain circumstances young people who present as homeless , that is in the absence of a parent or guardian, are accommodated with approved emergency foster carers and residential services. These services are dedicated to children under the age of 18.