Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (1680)

Anne Rabbitte

Question:

1680. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of family resource centres in operation to date in 2019; and the amount of funding provided to each family resource centre in 2019, in tabular form. [35431/19]

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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, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs 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.

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.

I can confirm that there are 121 Family Resource Centres in operation to date in 2019.

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.