Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Ceisteanna (217)

Joan Collins

Ceist:

217. Deputy Joan Collins asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the reason Dublin 12 has been without an educational welfare officer for the past six months; and the actions being taken to rectify the matter. [50478/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Children)

The Tusla Education Support Service has advised that this post is vacant due the Educational Welfare Officer being on maternity leave. The delay in replacing her arose because two other candidates accepted the post initially but then declined it some way into the recruitment process. Another candidate has now accepted the post and is in the recruitment process to fill the vacancy.

 All the referrals for the Dublin 12 area were screened by the Senior Educational Welfare Officer for the area and priority cases were distributed between the SEWO and the EWOs in that team with capacity to deal with them.