Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Questions (706)

John Curran

Question:

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.