In 2019, additional funding of €1.5m was secured for Family Resource Centres. Earlier this year I announced that the additional funding is to be used to:
- increase core funding to each of the 110 Family Resource Centres which existed pre-2018 by 5%;
- employ an additional 17 Family Support Workers, where one Family Resource Centre in each of the 17 Tusla geographical areas will receive funding to employ a Family Support Worker; and
- fund the Family Resource Centre Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Promotion Programme.
I have requested Tusla to provide the 110 Family Resource Centres which existed pre-2018 with their core funding increase by end July 2019.
In regard to the employment of 17 Family Support Workers in Tusla's 17 geographical areas, Tusla has advised that Family Resource Centres have been asked to submit expressions of interest regarding the recruitment and management of a Family Support Worker. Following an analysis of the expressions of interest and other relevant data, Tusla local management will make recommendations to Tusla senior management.
Tusla has informed my Department that Family Resource Centres will be notified of the decision regarding the allocation of Family Support Workers in August. The successful Family Resource Centres will be responsible for the recruitment of Family Support Workers to fill the identified vacancies.
As 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 specific information requested.