Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Ceisteanna (495)

Kathleen Funchion


495. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the way in which the allocated €1.5 million in budget 2020 for the 121 family resource centres will be divided; if the amount allocated is in addition to core funding; and if it is planned for certain programmes that will be rolled out within the family resource centres. [46078/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Children)

Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, administers the Family Resource Centre (FRC) Programme.

In 2018, €16.5 million was allocated to the Family Resource Centre Programme. In Budget 2019, I secured an increase of €1.5 million in funding for the FRC Programme, bringing the overall financial allocation for the Programme to €18 million this year.

This additional funding is being used to:

- Increase core funding to each of the 110 FRCs which existed pre-2018 by 5%.

- Employ an additional 17 Family Support Workers - one FRC in each of the 17 Tusla geographical areas will be allocated funding to employ a Family Support Worker.

- Fund the Family Resource Centre Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Promotion Programme.

The additional funding secured in Budget 2019 will be retained in 2020, ensuring that funding for the Family Resource Centre Programme will remain at €18 million for 2020. This funding will be used to ensure that Family Resource Centres' budgets are maintained at their current levels, as well as resourcing the additional Family Support Workers secured in 2019.