Thursday, 22 February 2018

Ceisteanna (24)

Thomas P. Broughan

Ceist:

24. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of social workers in each region; the number of social worker vacancies in each region; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8829/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Children)

Tusla has advised that the breakdown of whole time equivalent Social Workers  by region as at 31 December, 2017 is as follows:

Region/Area

WTE

 Child Residential  Service

8.6

Residential   DML

1.99

Residential   DNE

2.89

Residential   West

 

Residential   South

3.72

Special Care Services

 

National Services

98.04

Dublin Mid-Leinster (DML)

374.78

Dublin   South Central

75.06

Dublin   Sth East\Wicklow

99.52

Dublin   Sth West\Kildare West Wicklow

99.59

Midland

78.62

Regional   Services DML

21.99

Dublin North East (DNE)

301.46

Cavan\Monaghan

34.45

Dublin   North City

92.66

Louth\Meath

74.88

North   Dublin

71.13

Regional   Services DNE

28.34

South

344.32

Carlow\Kilkenny\Sth Tipperary

63.24

Cork

152.36

Kerry

40.35

Regional Services South

3.98

Waterford\Wexford

84.39

West

338.78

Donegal

63.66

Galway\Roscommon

92.08

Mayo

37.01

Mid-West

107.02

Regional Services West

1

Sligo\Leitrim

38.01

Grand Total

1465.98

Tusla has advised that there are currently 282 vacancies for Social Workers.   The numerical breakdown of these vacancies by region is as follows:

Dublin South

61

Dublin West

57

Dublin North East (DNE)

89

Dublin Mid-Leinster (DML)

70

Residential

1

National Service

4

Grand Total

282

Recruitment and retention of social workers continues to be a challenge for Tusla however,  I understand that 75 of these 282 vacant posts are at an advance stage of the recruitment process and Tusla expects to fill them shortly.

Dublin South    

17

Dublin West

22

Dublin North East (DNE)

19

Dublin Mid-Leinster(DML)

17

Grand Total

75

Tusla is currently drafting its 3-Year multiannual strategic workforce plan and I expect that this will consider initiatives to address the on-going challenges of recruiting social workers.