Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Questions (570)

Brendan Ryan

Question:

570. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs her views in relation to practices at a children’s residential centre (details supplied) in relation to the management of curfews and unapproved absences with reference to a person; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [16623/19]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

The Deputy may be aware that I am not in a position to comment on individual cases. 

Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, have advised that all children and young people within children’s residential centres have a placement plan which incorporates the management of curfews and unapproved absences.

All centres must adhere to the Joint Protocol for the management of children missing in care operated by An Garda Síochána and the Child and Family Agency.

I can confirm that the centre to which the deputy refers is a voluntary organisation, providing children’s residential services.  As such the centre has a signed Service Level Agreement in place with Tusla.  The centre is also registered and inspected by the Tusla Registration and Inspection Service.