Barnardos provide a range of services for children and families in Ireland, including family support, therapeutic services, school completion programmes and counselling services. These services are available in 24 locations around Ireland.
In 2018, Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, provided funding of €8.596 million to Barnardos. Final funding figures are not yet available for 2019.
Prevention and early intervention has been a key priority for me during my time as Minister. My Department has funded and supported several important prevention and early intervention programmes, including Tusla's Prevention, Partnership and Family Support (PPFS) Programme and the Area Based Childhood (ABC) Programme in which Barnardos is involved.
I highly value the work that Barnardos does in providing supports and services to vulnerable children, young people and families. Tusla values the work of Barnardos and will continue to consult with Barnardos regarding potential funding for 2020.