Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Questions (1107)

Anne Rabbitte


1107. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the availability of grants or funding for a holistic psychotherapist to provide children focused services; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [4599/20]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

The broader responsibility for psychotherapy services falls under the remit of the Health Service Executive (HSE).

Following engagement with the Deputy's office, the Department understands that the Deputy's question relates to a specific counselling service in the Galway area.

Tusla, the Child and Family Agency commissions the provision of community-based counselling from voluntary service providers throughout Ireland. The current budget for these services in 2020 is approximately €6.1 million. Tusla targets its funding on supporting families with marriage or relationship counselling; counselling and supports for children following family separation; and bereavement counselling for both adults and children.

The Department has requested that Tusla respond to you directly with regard to your query about a specific counselling service.