Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Questions (614)

Seán Haughey

Question:

614. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if an application has been received from an organisation (details supplied) to become a family resource centre; if the application will be approved in view of the invaluable services provided by the organisation; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [27579/19]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

The Family Resource Centre (FRC) Programme is administered by Tusla, the Child and Family Agency. Applications to join the FRC Programme are a matter for Tusla. I have asked Tusla to respond directly to the Deputy in this regard.

In 2019, I secured an additional €1.5 million in funding for Tusla to develop and invest in existing Family Resource Centres. Currently, there are no plans to establish additional Family Resource Centres this year.

Tusla has identified, and continues to monitor the need for family support services in certain areas of the country. In accordance with its Commissioning Strategy, Tusla continuously seeks to assign resources to areas of greatest need.

Tusla will continue 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.