Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Ceisteanna (579)

Pat Buckley

Ceist:

579. Deputy Pat Buckley asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the key workers employed by her Department or organisations under her aegis; and the respective catchment areas in which they operate under or services they are assigned to. [5181/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Children)

I understand that the Deputy is referring to Social Workers in this instance.

I can inform the Deputy that there are no key workers, within the meaning of the word, employed in my Department. However, regarding the four agencies within my remit, the information required by the Deputy is set out as follows:

The Adoption Authority of Ireland:

There is 1 Principal Social Worker and 5 Social Workers (6 Headcount) employed by the Adoption Authority of Ireland. These key workers operate on a national basis and are assigned to services arising from information and tracing queries on historic adoptions and in response to matches generated by the National Adoption Contact Preference Register. I understand that these Social Workers are also assigned to regulatory functions relating to national adoption service providers accredited by the Adoption Authority.

Oberstown Children Detention Campus:

There is 1 Social Worker employed by Oberstown to provide for the needs of the young people detained on the Campus.

Child and Family Agency - Tusla:

Social Workers December 2018 Headcount

Child Resident Service

7

National Services

132

Dublin Mid Leinster

359

Dublin South Central

70

Dublin Sth East\Wicklow

99

Dublin Sth West\Kildare West Wicklow

89

Midland

75

Regional Services DML

26

Dublin North East

343

Cavan\Monaghan

38

Dublin North City

101

Louth\Meath

91

North Dublin

81

Regional Services DNE

32

South

383

Carlow\Kilkenny\Sth Tipperary

73

Cork

172

Kerry

43

Regional Services South

4

Waterford\Wexford

91

West

367

Donegal

71

Galway\Roscommon

100

Mayo

40

Mid West

117

Regional Services West

1

Sligo\Leitrim

38

Grand Total

1591

I can also inform the Deputy that there are no Social Workers employed by the Ombudsman for Children's Office.