Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Questions (667)

John Lahart


667. Deputy John Lahart asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if funding will be channelled from Tusla through a partnership (details supplied) that has a SLA with Tusla via her Department to address the hidden harm amongst children of parents struggling with crack cocaine and other substance misuse issues; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [53290/19]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

Tusla, the Child and Family Agency provides funding to a range of family support services throughout the country that provide services and supports to vulnerable children and families.

In 2019, Tusla and the HSE established a national project, to inform and improve service planning in relation to the hidden harm caused by parental alcohol and substance misuse.

In addition, Signs of Safety, which Tusla has adopted as the national practice approach to Child Protection and Welfare continues to include parental use of drugs and alcohol as a core part of risk assessment.

The allocation of funding to services is an operational matter for Tusla, and I have requested Tusla to respond directly to the Deputy in relation to potential relevant funding that it may be possible for the partnership in question to apply for.