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Written Answers - Stay Safe Programme

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 752 No. 2

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 53.  Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn Information on Pádraig MacLochlainn Zoom on Pádraig MacLochlainn  asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn  the funding available from him to implement the stay safe programme; and if the training and the relevant support materials are easily accessible and available to teachers. [2950/12]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn The Stay Safe Programme is funded by my Department and the Health Services Executive. The Programme received approximately €172,000 in 2011 of which €120,000 was allocated by my Department. This funding covers salaries, materials and programme delivery costs. Funding for the programme is allocated following consultations with the Programme provider, the Professional Development Service for Teachers and has regard to the support needs of teachers and schools and the overall availability of resources. A total of €125,000 was allocated for resource development including booklets, DVDS, videos, parent materials over the last 5 years.

Materials and support are provided through visits to schools by the Programme Provider and members of the PDST. Materials are also readily available for download on the Safe Safe website.

Funding for 2012 is currently under consideration.

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