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Written Answers - Child Care Services

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 765 No. 3

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 139.  Deputy Dessie Ellis Information on Dessie Ellis Zoom on Dessie Ellis  asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Information on Frances Fitzgerald Zoom on Frances Fitzgerald  the date on which the Health Service Executive will publish its external review of alternative care services; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [23957/12]

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): Information on Frances Fitzgerald Zoom on Frances Fitzgerald The HSE commissioned an independent consultant to undertake a review of the demand and existing capacity of alternative care placement services, including Special Care, High Support, Foster Care, Residential Care, Emergency Care, Out of Hours, Aftercare and Separated Children Seeking Asylum. The purpose of the review was to audit the current need and current capacity for alternative care services and to establish the projected need for care placements in the HSE for the [340]period 2011 to end 2013. It also made recommendations regarding the development of services to meet the projected needs for the period 2011-end 2013. I am advised by the HSE that the review was conducted for management information purposes to inform future policy direction. The HSE have advised that the report can be made available on request.

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