Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Ceisteanna (2520)

Pat Buckley

Ceist:

2520. Deputy Pat Buckley asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of children who died while in the care of the HSE in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [33755/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Children)

Tusla the Child and Family Agency, was established in 2014 to improve well-being and outcomes for children. This includes offering care and protection for children in circumstances where their parents have not been able to, or are unlikely to, provide the care that a child needs.

I can advise the Deputy that the National Review Panel reviews cases where a serious incident or death occurs of children or young people under 18 who are in the care of the state, or have been known to the Child and Family Agency's social work department or funded services.

The National Review Panel's Annual Report can be found on-line at the following link:

https://www.tusla.ie/national-review-panel/annual-reports2/

I have asked Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, to forward information relating solely to the deaths of children in the care of that agency, to the Deputy.