Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Questions (357)

Mary Lou McDonald


357. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of family resources centres and the county in which each is located, in tabular form. [30216/19]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, administers the Family Resource Centre (FRC) Programme. There are currently 121 Family Resource Centres, which are funded under the Programme. Funding for the Programme has increased from €13.5m in 2017 to €18.0m this year.

In Budget 2019, I secured an increase of €1.5 million for the FRC Programme. This additional funding is being 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.

As the operation of the Family Resource Centre Programme is a matter for Tusla, I have asked Tusla to provide the Deputy with the requested information directly.