Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (1655)

Niamh Smyth


1655. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs her plans to introduce a family resource centre at a location (details supplied); the way in which an application can be made in relation to same; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [35988/19]

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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 in funding for the FRC Programme. This brings the overall financial allocation for the Programme to €18 million.

There are no plans to establish new family Resource Centres this year.

The additional funding provided in 2019 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.

The application process to join the FRC programme is an operational matter for Tusla. I have requested Tusla to provide the Deputy with the requested information directly.