Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Ceisteanna (79)

Denis Naughten


79. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the cost to her Department of prosecuting parents for the failure of children to attend school; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [51103/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Children)

I wish to inform the Deputy that the Department does not take prosecutions against parents in relation to school attendance. Such prosecutions are a matter for the Tusla Education Support Service (TESS).

TESS has advised that the legal costs for TESS in 2018 were €227,720. There were 186 active matters in 2018.