Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Ceisteanna (245, 247)

Anne Rabbitte

Ceist:

245. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of children in third residential placements within 12 months in each of the years 2015 to 2018. [4498/19]

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Anne Rabbitte

Ceist:

247. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of children in third foster care placements within 12 months in each of the years 2015 to 2018. [4500/19]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Children)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 245 and 247 together.

I can inform the Deputy that Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, use the number of placements a child has in a year as an indicator of placement stability. Data on placement stability is published in Tusla's annual Review of Adequacy report, which is published annually in arrears. The most recently published Review of Adequacy relates to the years 2015 and 2016.

The following table lays out the number of children who have had three or more care placements, by care type, in 2015 and 2016. The totals shown below represent 2.1% in 2015, and 2.7% in 2016, of children in care. This indicates that placements are generally stable for children in care.

Placement Type

2015

2016

Foster care (General)

54

85

Foster care (Relative)

11

7

General residential care

44

57

Special care

7

5

Other

16

15

Total

132

169

Question No. 246 answered with Question No. 243.
Question No. 247 answered with Question No. 245.