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Fitzgerald, Frances

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Leaders' Questions (Continued)

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Order of Business (Continued)

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Houses of the Oireachtas (Inquiries, Privileges and Procedures) Bill 2013: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stage (Continued)

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Child Care Reports

I welcome the publication by the HSE of the report entitled A Review of Practice and Audit of the Management of Cases of Neglect. The report was received by the Department of Children and Youth Af...More Button

The report follows the publication in October 2010 of the report of the Roscommon child care inquiry, which catalogued a number of concerns arising from the examination of the management of serio...More Button

From the outset, it was the intention of the HSE that the neglect audit would comprise a number of phases. Therefore, the audit was not simply a one-off exercise, but constituted one element of ...More Button

Last August, the attention of HSE social work staff was drawn to the ongoing and systemic impact of neglect as identified in the three audits. I welcome the report, from which we see that, in pr...More Button

The report is well worth reading in detail, as it identifies improvements, changes in practice and instances of more attention being paid to neglect. It is important that these aspects are recog...More Button

Private Residential Tenancies Board Remit

In Dublin south-east the social work department has been restructured and the new arrangements are working more effectively. There has been a blitz on the waiting list there and unallocated case...More Button

The audit found that parental alcohol misuse was a factor in 62% of families in the overall sample. It states that family dysfunction, which ended up with the kind of neglect that both Deputies ...More Button

There is a need to identify neglect at an earlier stage and intervene more effectively. The report makes the point that many children were left in family settings for too long. That is a simila...More Button

In addition, we are currently undertaking the recruitment of new social workers. Some 84 were recruited recently and the recruitment of a further 90 is under way.More Button

There is at least a 30-year legacy concerning Ireland not dealing as effectively as it should have with vulnerable children. My Department's goal is to ensure that children do not fall through the...More Button

The development of the new child and family agency, together with a more structured approach with national standards and greater risk assessment at an earlier stage, will ensure that children wil...More Button

Major efforts are being made by front-line staff. Training has already started and there is a new awareness of neglect as a result of this report. The work that is being done in each area will ...More Button

A lot of work has already been done by the HSE as a result of this report. It complements the work the HSE is doing nationally to ensure that we have services that are fit for purpose and which ...More Button

Land and Conveyancing Law Reform Bill 2013: Report and Final Stages (Continued)

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Taxi Regulation Bill 2012 [Seanad]: Second Stage (Resumed)

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After-School Support Services

Was asked: if she will update Dáil Éireann as to recent EU dialogue about Finland's position on the EU missing children help line; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The 116000 Missing Children Hotline is an EU-wide initiative designed to provide a single point of contact across the European Union for missing children and their families. The number is currentl...More Button

As part of the recent EU Presidency, Ireland co-hosted an EU conference on Missing Children, in Brussels on the 4th of June 2013, at which all EU countries were encouraged to fully roll out a 24/...More Button

Was asked: if she is committed to retaining funding for the school completion programmes; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The School Completion Programme (SCP) aims to retain young people in the formal education system to completion of senior cycle and to generally improve the school attendance, participation and rete...More Button

In 2013 an allocation of €26.246 m has been provided for the programme. This supports 124 projects and related initiatives which operate in 470 primary schools and 224 post-primary schools across...More Button

My Department has recently written to the Chairperson of each SCP in relation to the next cycle of the programme. Each Local Management Committee, which is responsible for the delivery of service...More Button

The savings necessary in 2014 will be further considered in the context of the operational review which is to be conducted during the coming academic year. A core objective of the review will be ...More Button

I remain committed to supporting the educational attainment of children and young people at risk of early school leaving through a variety of formal and informal support services.More Button

Was asked: the progress she can report on her plans for a second free preschool year; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The free Pre-School Year in Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) programme was introduced in January 2010 and provides a free pre-school year to all eligible children in the year before commen...More Button

I am aware of the need to further develop the early childhood care and education sector. However, any development that involves further pre-school provision would require considerable additional...More Button

Future developments relating to early years care and education are being considered in the context of the National Early Years Strategy.More Button

Was asked: the steps she intends to take to address the lack of availability of after-school services for children; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

As part of Budget 2013 I, together with my colleague, the Minister for Social Protection, was pleased to announce a new After-school Childcare initiative which will be targeted at low-income parent...More Button

The initiative is expected to receive full year funding of €14 million to provide over 6,000 after-school places for children attending primary school in order to support parents to take up emplo...More Button

Eligibility for the new After-school Childcare programme is determined by the Department of Social Protection. Officials from the Department of Social Protection and my Department are continuing...More Button

The programme will provide €35 per week per child enrolled in a participating service for after school services and this payment will rise to €100 per week during holiday periods when parents wil...More Button

The new After-school Childcare programme will further augment my Department's programme of childcare supports for low income families. These include the Community Childcare Subvention and the Chi...More Button