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Zappone, Katherine

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Advertising Regulation

Was asked: her views on the increasing use of children and minors to advertise commercial products through television, radio and online.More Button

While my Department has no role in the regulation of advertising or broadcasting on any of the media to which he refers, I would be concerned about advertising that involves the use of children in ...More Button

If the Deputy has a particular concern in this matter in which case he might write to me with further details.More Button

Community Childcare Subvention Programme

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in not being paid on band A of the child care eligibility criteria for their child; and if approval for the proper payment will be expedited.More Button

The Community Childcare Subvention Plus (CCS Plus) Programme provides support for parents on a low income to avail of reduced childcare costs at participating privately owned childcare services and...More Button

Child Support Payments

Was asked: if there is a subsidy paid for children in a crèche; if so, the amount per child; and if it varies if the crèche is private or community funded.More Button

My Department administers a wide range of subsidised childcare programmes which eligible parents may choose to avail of, subsidies are not linked to the status of the childcare provider whether pri...More Button

Child Care Services Staff

Was asked: if pay restoration which may apply in future for workers in section 39 agencies will apply to those workers that were previously employed in section 39 agencies when their pay was cut and that are ...More Button

Section 56 of the Child and Family Agency Act, 2013, makes provision for Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, subject to certain matters including the resources available to the Agency, to enter int...More Button

Tusla allocates funding, under an arrangement, to not for profit service providers for the provision of a level of service commensurate with the funding provided. Not for profit organisations op...More Button

Tusla fully appreciates the role that not for profit organisations play in providing services and supports to vulnerable children and families.More Button

Affordable Childcare Scheme Eligibility

Was asked: if under the affordable childcare scheme low-income parents that are not working or in training will be eligible for a maximum 15 hours child care per week.More Button

The Affordable Childcare Scheme will address a number of issues relating not only to the affordability of childcare but to achieving better outcomes for children and families. Families will qualif...More Button

When parents are engaged in work (including part-time work and labour market activation programmes) or in education or training, they will be eligible for an enhanced subsidy of up to 40 hours pe...More Button

It will mean that this Scheme is open – albeit for standard hours rather than enhanced hours – to parents who are not taking part in work or training, but who choose to avail of up to 15 hours of...More Button

The Childcare Support Bill 2017, as published, will enable me to make regulations that specify definitions of "work" and "study" for the purposes of the Scheme. When setting out these definition...More Button

I acknowledge that, where a parent is at home and not engaged in any relevant form of work or study, a family with school age children will not benefit from subsidised after-school childcare. Ho...More Button

There is also a small but important group of families for whom childcare is needed on child welfare grounds or for whom childcare is a necessary early intervention support. Under the current sub...More Button

For the Affordable Childcare Scheme, the Childcare Support Bill 2017 specifies five statutory bodies that may provide referrals for free or additional childcare: Tusla, the HSE, the Department of...More Button

It is proposed that, where such a referral is made, families would automatically qualify for a subsidy under the Affordable Childcare Scheme without having to satisfy any income or work/study tes...More Button

Public Private Partnerships Data

Was asked: the public private partnerships her Department is currently engaged in; the name, cost and timeframe of each; the names of all private parties involved; the nature of each project in terms of desig...More Button

I can confirm to the Deputy that my Department is not currently engaged in any public private partnerships.More Button

Early Childhood Care and Education Data

Was asked: the demand for places under the early childhood care and education scheme in County Cork; the way in which deficits are being made up in local areas; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

There are currently 2,359 children availing of the Early Childhood Care and Education scheme (ECCE) in services in Cork City and a further 10,419 children at services in Cork County. More Button

Having conducted an analysis of ECCE capacity my Department is confident that there will be no shortfall in places for the 2017-2018 programme year. ECCE providers have catered for over 108,000 c...More Button

From September 2018, the ECCE Programme will revert to one single entry point in a given ECCE Programme Year (i.e. September) with eligible children entitled to two full years of ECCE provision. ...More Button

My Department provided €8.4million for the 2017 Early Years Capital funding programme and some of this funding was directed towards assisting in alleviating pressures with regard to availability ...More Button

Child Safety

Was asked: her plans to encourage young persons to limit screen time spent on smartphones; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Excessive screen time on smartphones is a problem that has only arisen in recent years with the massive advances in communications technology.  The long term impact on society of this excessive scr...More Button

The Deputy will probably agree that it is not just young persons who spend too much screen time on smartphones. If we want young people to reduce screen time, we need to start with good example ...More Button

Evidence suggests that excessive screen time has negative impacts on children's social and physical development. It has also been linked to childhood obesity.More Button

Screen time is one of the factors identified as having a negative impact of the aims of our national policy framework for children and young people Better Outcomes Brighter Futures. This is part...More Button

Healthy Ireland, A Framework for Improved Health and Wellbeing 2013-2025, is the national framework led by the Minister for Health adopting a whole of government and whole of society approach to ...More Button

Of course, the question of control over online content which is available to children through smartphones presents a range of challenges for the safety, welfare and protection of children. Last ...More Button

Representatives from industry, NGOs and stakeholders will also participate. The overall aim of the event is to raise awareness among all participants of the activities which are being undertaken...More Button

Area Based Childhood Programme

Was asked: her plans to expand the family intervention programme, Preparing for Life, to other parts of the country; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Area Based Childhood (ABC) Programme is a prevention and early intervention initiative, consisting of committed funding for an area-based approach to improving outcomes for children, young peop...More Button

The ABC Programme was preceded by the Prevention and Early Intervention Programme (PEIP) (2007-2013) in which the Preparing for Life Programme, along with two other sites: Youngballymun and the C...More Button

I welcome the very positive results coming from the evaluation of the Preparing for Life Programme relating to the home visiting and parenting programme elements.More Button

These evaluation findings and associated costs will be informing the consideration of mainstreaming the learning from the ABC Programme.  The ABC Programme itself is currently being evaluated. Th...More Button

In the most recent budget, my Department secured additional funding to extend all of the existing ABC Programme in 2018. My Department has agreed additional funding allocation of just under €1 m...More Button

My Department is working to ensure that we take full account of the learning from all the interventions across the 13 ABC sites, including Preparing for Life, and the national evaluation. We wil...More Button

Was asked: if her Department has consulted with the Department of Health to use mental health research to help deliver the preparing for life family intervention programme; and if she will make a statement on...More Button

The Preparing for Life Programme is a prevention and early intervention programme delivered by Northside Partnership in North Dublin City (Dublin 5 and 17). It is one of 13 such programmes operati...More Button

The Area Based Childhood (ABC) Programme is a joint prevention and early intervention initiative led by my Department. The ABC Programme commenced in 2013 and was co-funded for the period 2013 t...More Button

The focus of the work under the ABC Programme covers: Child Health and Development; Children’s Learning; Parenting; and Integrated Service Delivery.  There is a strong focus on Infant Mental Heal...More Button

My Department is in contact with the Department of Health across a number of areas including on the Youth Mental Health Taskforce and in the development of psychological services in Tusla. We us...More Button

Mental Health Policy

Was asked: if her Department’s mental health services working group involving the HSE, the Department of Health and Tusla will examine the growing influence of social media and smartphones on young persons' m...More Button

The key objective of the working group is to examine the psychological and mental health services for children and young people with the aim of ascertaining a clear continuum of provision, strength...More Button

The Working Group is jointly managed by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and the Department of Health and co-chaired by senior officials from the two Departments. Terms of Reference ...More Button

The focus of the working group is to look at provision in response to emerging needs of children and young people rather than specific issues dealt with by services. At this point in time, it is...More Button

Childcare Services Data

Was asked: the funding each CCC has received in each of the years 2008 to 2017, inclusive, and to date in 2018, inclusive of the administration of the child minding development grant, the access and inclusion...More Button

Officials in my Department are currently compiling the information as requested by the Deputy. This information will be supplied to the Deputy in no later than 10 working days. I have asked my off...More Button

Departmental Staff Retirements

Was asked: the number of persons at assistant principal level under the aegis of her Department due to retire in the next six months due to age in counties Galway, Mayo, Roscommon and Clare; and if she will m...More Button

As my Department has no offices in counties Galway, Mayo, Roscommon and Clare, the issue of retirees in the next six month in these counties does not apply.More Button