Thursday, 11 February 2021

Questions (217)

Brendan Smith

Question:

217. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth the proposals to extend a programme (details supplied) to other areas; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7805/21]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

The Tusla ABC Programme within Prevention Partnership and Family Support, is an area based Prevention and Early Intervention initiative which is delivered in 12 areas of significant socio-economic disadvantage across the country.

Strategic discussions continue to take place across the Tusla ABC programme with key stakeholders to explore what potential aspects of the ABC model could be scaled or replicated to broaden the reach and share the learning of the programme. These discussions are taking into consideration identified need, resources available and the scope of the programme. Any decision in respect of the further transfer of learning from the ABC Programme to the Cavan area will be based on these factors.

The Tusla Prevention, Partnership and Family Support Programme has ongoing engagement with partners to ensure services are easily accessible and integrated at the front line in the community for children, young people and families. In particular, the Child and Family Support Networks, which consist of local services that play a role in the lives of children and families in a given area, work to ensure that there is no wrong door for families seeking help, by directing them to appropriate support in their community. There are eight CFSNs in the Cavan/Monaghan Area, involving 63 agencies.