Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (1350)

Mattie McGrath

Question:

1350. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the family resource centres in each of the 17 Tusla geographical areas that will be allocated funding to employ a family support worker; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [18968/19]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

I secured an additional €1.5 million in funding for Family Resource Centres in 2019.As announced on 23 April, 2019, the additional €1.5 million in funding will be used to:

- Increase core funding to each of the 110 FRCs which existed pre-2018 by 5%.

- Employ an additional 17 Family Support Workers - one FRC in each of the 17 Tusla geographical areas will be allocated funding to employ a Family Support Worker.

- Fund the Family Resource Centre Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Promotion Programme.

The allocation of resources to Family Resource Centres is an operational matter for Tusla. I have requested Tusla to respond directly to the Deputy on this matter.