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Fitzgerald, Frances

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

School Completion Programme

Was asked: if there have been any cuts or changes to the school completion programme in Budget 2013; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The School Completion Programme (SCP) is one of three service strands, which also includes the Home School Community Liaison and the Education Welfare Service, being integrated under the remit of t...More Button

I wish to inform the Deputy that €26.456m is being allocated to the programme in 2013. The allocation is in line with the proposals in the Comprehensive Review of Expenditure for savings of 6.5%...More Button

Each Committee was requested to review its Retention Plan to support young people who are at risk of educational disadvantage in their school, home and community life, to remain in education and ...More Button

The NEWB, which is responsible for the operational management and direction of the SCP, has made assistance available to each local project to review its planned programme. The NEWB continues to...More Button

Early Child Care Education Issues

Was asked: the required fields in which a potential pre-school leader must have achieved a level seven major award or equivalent in order to successfully receive the higher rate of capitation under the early ...More Button

The Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) programme was introduced in January 2010 with the objective of providing one free pre-school year for all eligible children prior to commencing primary...More Button

Determination of the relevance of a discipline is established by the examination of the content of the programme of learning which led to the qualification. This must contain the following eleme...More Button

Social Workers Register

Was asked: the number of additional social workers posts that have been filled in the years 2010, 2011 and to date in 2012; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The HSE compiles a monthly census of employment in the public health and social care sector. Figures supplied by the HSE indicate that the number of whole-time- equivalent (WTE) social workers emp...More Button

It is important to emphasise that work is ongoing within the HSE on the disaggregation of the Children and Families resource base from the HSE as part of the process of establishing the new Child...More Button

The HSE has made considerable progress over recent years in recruiting additional social workers, with over 260 social workers recruited under the Ryan Implementation Plan at end 2011. The Natio...More Button

Child Protection Issues

Was asked: when she will sign a commencement order to bring the remainder of the provisions, that is, all provisions excluding parts one, four and six of the Child Care (Amendment) Act 2011 into force.More Button

It is intended to commence the remaining sections of the Child Care (Amendment) Act 2011 i.e. the sections dealing with special care and related matters, as soon as possible. In advance of making ...More Button

Children in Care

Was asked: the number of applications to place a child in special care that have been brought to the National Special Care Admissions and Discharge Committee; the number of such applications which resulted in...More Button

My Department receives reports on a quarterly basis from the National Special Care Admissions and Discharge Committee. The HSE has advised me that between January and 30th September of this year, ...More Button

Child Detention Centres

Was asked: the reason the capacity of Coovagh House Special Care Unit County Limerick has been capped at two; the exact timeline for when additional special care places will become available in accordance wit...More Button

The HSE has advised me that the current capacity of Coovagh House is three young people. The Unit had been closed for refurbishment, but is now reopened with a new management. It is envisaged tha...More Button

Budget 2013

Was asked: her views on whether Budget 2013 was a tough and unfair budget on young persons and youth services; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Youth Affairs Unit of my Department supports the delivery of a range of youth work programmes and services for all young people, including those from disadvantaged communities, by the voluntary...More Button

Funding of €53.173m has been provided to my Department for the provision of youth services in 2013. Within this total funding, €1.75 has been provided in a new capital funding programme for 2013...More Button

My Department is working on the funding allocation for youth services in 2013. Having regard to the savings requirements identified in the Comprehensive Review of Expenditure my Department is se...More Button

Going forward to 2013, my Department is developing proposals to streamline the existing five separate funding lines so that projects will receive one funding stream allowing more flexibility in s...More Button

Health Services Staff Issues

Was asked: the way more social workers will be appointed in 2013 in view of the reduction in the allocation for the Health Service Executive Vote for 2013 in respect of children and family services; and if sh...More Button

The HSE has made considerable progress since the publication of the Ryan Report Implementation Plan in 2009 in the recruitment of additional social workers. Over 260 social workers have been recru...More Button

The Government has given approval to the drafting of a Bill to establish the Child and Family Support Agency. Work on the preparation of the legislation is proceeding as a priority and the inten...More Button

I welcome the allocation of €546 million in the HSE vote for 2013 in respect of children and family services. This consists of €545 million in current expenditure and €1 million in capital. Thi...More Button

Once the Agency is established, the Chief Executive designate, Gordon Jeyes, will be responsible for the management of the overall combined resource. In this context he will have the discretion ...More Button

Child Benefit Payments

Was asked: the way her aspirations for childcare will be impacted by the reduction in child benefitMore Button

The issue of Child Benefit payments is a matter for the Minister for Social Protection.

  My Department currently provides targeted support to parents to assist them with the cos...More Button

Departmental Staff Remuneration

Was asked: if temporary promotions or acting-up allowances have not been a feature of the staffing arrangements for this EU Presidency, if she will confirm that her Department has been given sanction to make ...More Button

The information requested by the Deputy is set out as follows:

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