Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Questions (706)

John Curran


706. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the amount allocated to each family resource centre in each of the years 2016 to 2019; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29808/19]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, administers the Family Resource Centre (FRC) Programme.

In Budget 2019, I secured an increase of €1.5 million for the FRC Programme.  This brings the overall financial allocation for the Programme to €18 million.

This additional 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 funding to individual Family Resource Centres is an operational matter for Tusla. I have requested Tusla to provide the Deputy with the requested information directly.