Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Questions (79)

Denis Naughten

Question:

79. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the cost to her Department of prosecuting parents for the failure of children to attend school; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [51103/19]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

I wish to inform the Deputy that the Department does not take prosecutions against parents in relation to school attendance. Such prosecutions are a matter for the Tusla Education Support Service (TESS).

TESS has advised that the legal costs for TESS in 2018 were €227,720. There were 186 active matters in 2018.