551. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if Tusla has agreed to the provision of a day to day support worker to assist with the needs of persons (details supplied). (Question 41595/17 asked on 03 Oct 2017 - Child Care Services Provision)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): I have referred the Deputy’s request for specific information as detailed to Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, for direct response to the Deputy concerned.
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771. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs her views on the sustainability fund; the criteria for inclusion in the interventions to assist community and not-for-profit child care services announced as a consequence of budget 2017; and when it will be rolled out. (Question 37187/16 asked on 29 Nov 2016 - Child Care Services Funding)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): In Budget 2017 provision was made for a fund of €1m to assist in the investigation of sustainability issues being faced by childcare providers, and to develop a policy to guide any future interventions. This initiative is at an early stage and officials will commence work in this regard in early 2017. At present there is no fund in place that would provide additional funding to services beyond the funding to which they are ent...

772. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if her attention has been drawn to the fact that the new regulations coming on stream in January regarding the use of community employment participants and their education levels in community and not-for-profit child care services will cause difficulties and challenges for the services to stay within the regulations; and her views on the matter. (Question 37188/16 asked on 29 Nov 2016 - Child Care Services Regulation)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): Under the Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) Regulations 2016, registered providers of pre-school services will, from 31st December 2016, be required to ensure that each employee working directly with children attending the service holds at least a major award in Early Childhood Care and Education at Level 5 on the National Qualifications Framework or a qualification deemed by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs ...

773. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if her attention has been drawn to the fact that the ECCE child care scheme has caused some difficulties for some child care providers especially if they are open 50 weeks a year (details supplied). (Question 37189/16 asked on 29 Nov 2016 - Community Childcare Subvention Programme )

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): Officials from my Department have sought clarification from the Deputy as to what is meant by CSSF funding, and it is my understanding that the Deputy is referring to the Community Childcare Subvention Programme. Childcare service providers receive grant funding from the Department for the provision of ECCE for a period of 38 weeks, as per the 2016/17 ECCE grant funding agreement. Community/not for profit Childcare services th...

774. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs her views on whether there is a crisis of sustainability in the child care sector not only in terms of pay and conditions for staff but in terms of the availability of qualified staff to deliver on new standards. (Question 37190/16 asked on 29 Nov 2016 - Child Care Services Staff)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): Although my Department does not act as employer to childcare it does acknowledge that the sector is under cost pressure, and that staff wages are a large component of cost. To go some way towards addressing this, I have secured additional funding of €14 million in Budget 2017 which will enable ECCE providers to be paid for a 39th week and part of a 40th week (7 ECCE days in total or 1.4 ECCE weeks) where they will have no child...

775. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs her views on the measures announced recently in budget 2017 and the way they impact on parents; the way parents will avail of or be identified for the affordable child care scheme; and her views on whether parents should be able to apply online prior to September 2017. (Question 37191/16 asked on 29 Nov 2016 - Child Care Costs)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): A major policy priority for me is the development of a new Affordable Childcare Scheme, which is a major step in making quality childcare more affordable, and will enable both universal and targeted subsidies for parents towards their childcare costs. Under the new scheme, parents will qualify for a targeted subsidy based on their net income, and the highest levels of support will be offered to those on the lowest incomes. 
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776. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs when the new non-contact grant for child care services will be rolled out and first instalments paid to the services. (Question 37192/16 asked on 29 Nov 2016 - Child Care Services Funding)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): I have made €14.5m available to provide an additional payment to childcare providers to recognise the increasing volume of work done outside of direct contact hours with children. This funding will provide an additional payment of 7 days’ funding to all ECCE Services - and an equivalent level of payment to CCS and TEC services.
This will enable ECCE providers to be paid for a 39th week and part of a 40th week (7 ECCE days in t...

777. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the amount of the 2017 child care budget increase which is connected with the roll-out of measures announced in budget 2016. (Question 37193/16 asked on 29 Nov 2016 - Early Childhood Care and Education Funding)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): I was pleased that significant additional funding was allocated to Early Childcare in Budget 2017. The largest volume of additional funding was provided to enable the full-year costs of the expansion of the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) scheme into a second year. I provided €67.6m for this. In addition, the full year roll out of the Access and Inclusion Model (AIM) within the ECCE scheme was provided for with an a...

601. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if she will award funding to a centre (details supplied) to allow them to carry out a range of essential works in the centre. (Question 31470/16 asked on 25 Oct 2016 - Youth Work Projects Funding)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): In 2016 some €2.6m has been allocated to my Department for a capital funding scheme for youth projects and services. The scheme was open to projects that are funded by the Department under the Special Projects for Youth scheme, Young People’s Facilities and Services Fund, Local Drugs Task Force Projects scheme and Youth Information Centres scheme. The scheme was also open to national youth organisations in receipt of funding u...

657. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the exact funding increase provided by budget 2017 for her Department in 2017, minus provision required for demographics and the Lansdowne Road agreement, compared to the Estimate provided in budget 2016, the summer economic statement and the expected out-turn for 2016, in tabular form. (Question 30602/16 asked on 18 Oct 2016 - Budget 2017)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): The Deputy might note that the gross funding allocation for the provision of services to support children, young people and families in my Department`s Vote under Budget 2017 amounted to €1.311 billion. The allocation is reduced to €1.309 billion when account is taken of the €2 million that was provided in respect of the Lansdowne Road Agreement. This level of funding represents an overall increase of €171 million when compared ...

666. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if he will arrange that an educational welfare officer will contact a person (details supplied) regarding a school place for their child. (Question 14684/16 asked on 08 Jun 2016 - Education Welfare Service)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): I have asked Tusla, the Child and Family Agency to look into the case raised by the Deputy and provide an update to the Deputy on this matter.
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525. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of annual subscriptions to external membership bodies and groups his Department has including the cost and details. (Question 46738/15 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy James Reilly)(Deputy James Reilly): Table:

 Membership Fees 2015 Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) €446.03 Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) €347.9 Law Society of Ireland €85 Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) €290.22 Association for Criminal Justice Research and Development Ltd (ACJRD) €155 Health & Social Care Professionals Council (CORU) €100 Institute of I...

526. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of annual subscriptions to newspapers or magazines his Department has including the cost and details. (Question 46739/15 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy James Reilly): Newspapers and Magazines are not directly subscribed to by my Department, they are purchased from a distribution company.
The current order as below, is Monday to Friday (no weekend or public/bank holiday papers) so quantity purchased can vary each month. 
 Publication No. Purchased Irish Times 2 per day Irish Independent 2 per day The Examiner 2 per day The Star 2 per day The Sun 2 per day Daily Mirror 2 per day ...

527. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the annual cost to his Department of advertisements placed on its behalf in newspapers, magazines, television and radio, and social media. (Question 46740/15 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Departmental Advertising Expenditure)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy James Reilly): The Department of Children and Youth Affairs website is the primary resource in providing information for use by the public and an essential communications tool for my Department.
My Department occasionally uses free tools e.g. Twitter and YouTube, to communicate with the public.
On occasion, my Department may provide public information through other media e.g. electronic, broadcast and print media where a requirement for alternative...

462. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the reason for the delay in dealing with an application from a youth services centre (details supplied) in Dublin 12, supported by the City of Dublin Youth Service Board, that €60,000 allocated to it under YP1 should be refocused and issued to it as per the application in December 2014, to allow this vital youth service to a disadvantaged area to employ an additional youth worker. (Question 34312/15 asked on 06 Oct 2015 - Youth Services Funding)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy James Reilly): I propose to take Questions Nos. 462 and 469 together.
My Department administers a range of funding schemes and programmes to support the provision of youth services to young people throughout the country including those from disadvantaged communities. The funding schemes support national and local youth work provision to some 380,000 young people. It is estimated that the voluntary youth services throughout the country involve appr...

431. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if he will provide a breakdown by year, from 2016 to 2021, inclusive, of the estimated additional expenditure required to meet the requirements of demographic changes on a no-policy-change basis; and if he will identify the component parts of that expenditure. (Question 18698/15 asked on 12 May 2015 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy James Reilly): Funding requirements and how resources should be prioritised and allocated across each area of Government spending are generally considered as part of the annual estimates cycle and budgetary process. My overall objective over the period 2016 to 2021 will be to realise funding allocations that reflect expenditure policy priorities and demographic provision and that sufficient resources are directed towards those areas of greatest im...

137. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the steps that have been taken to complete the negotiation of a bilateral agreement with Russia to enable some of the many thousands of children who remain in state care in that jurisdiction to be legally adopted into loving families here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17103/15 asked on 30 Apr 2015 - Inter-Country Adoptions)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy James Reilly): I propose to take Questions Nos. 137 to 140, inclusive, together.
Efforts are ongoing in my Department in relation to a bilateral agreement on intercountry adoption between Ireland and the Russian Federation. It was intended to visit Russia in January of this year. However it has been decided to liaise with officials in the Ministry of Education and Science in Russia to ensure that Irish proposals in regard the provision of post pla...

416. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the total number of children and households availing of the after-school child care scheme. (Question 14866/15 asked on 15 Apr 2015 - After-School Support Services)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy James Reilly): I propose to take Questions Nos. 416 and 417 together.
The total number of children and the number of parents availing of the After-School Childcare (ASCC) programme and the number of child care providers participating in the programme, as requested by the Deputy, are shown on the table.
After-School Childcare (ASCC) programme figures as at 9 April 2015.
 CCC No of Children No of Parents No of Services with ASCC Contract. ...

417. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of child care providers participating in the after-school child care ccheme, by county. (Question 14870/15 asked on 15 Apr 2015 - After-School Support Services)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy James Reilly): I propose to take Questions Nos. 416 and 417 together.
The total number of children and the number of parents availing of the After-School Childcare (ASCC) programme and the number of child care providers participating in the programme, as requested by the Deputy, are shown on the table.
After-School Childcare (ASCC) programme figures as at 9 April 2015.
 CCC No of Children No of Parents No of Services with ASCC Contract. ...

80. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs his views on the lack of beds in juvenile detention centres for juveniles who have been convicted, but have to be discharged due to the bed shortage. (Question 4005/15 asked on 28 Jan 2015 - Detention Centres Places)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy James Reilly): The 3 children detention schools, located at Oberstown, Lusk, Co. Dublin, currently provide a total of 46 detention places for young people ordered to be remanded in custody or committed to serve a sentence of detention by the courts. These comprise 6 places for girls up to the age of 18 on admission and 40 places for boys up to the age of 17 on admission. Boys aged 17 on admission are currently accommodated by the Irish Prison Ser...

354. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the measures he has taken to ensure that the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and the Department of Education and Skills ensure that every organisation under their auspices and every organisation they grant-aid in any way is fully compliant with the code of ethics, the duty to care and the children’s first guidelines. (Question 40463/14 asked on 21 Oct 2014 - Child Protection)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy James Reilly): As the Deputy is aware, Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children was published in 2011. Each Government Department has responsibility for child protection within its own sector, including compliance with the relevant guidance. 
On a more general note, my Department is taking a lead role in the cross-sectoral implementation of Children First. A Children First Inter-Departmental Group has been establ...

175. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs when a decision will be announced on the level of funding from the Government for 2014 for the City of Dublin Youth Service Board, in view of the fact that any delay will make planning for the ongoing funding of the youth organisations in the city more complicated. (Question 49626/13 asked on 20 Nov 2013 - Youth Services Funding)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The Youth Affairs Unit of my Department is working on the funding allocation for youth services in 2014. In line with Government policy account must be taken of the savings requirements identified in the Comprehensive Review of Expenditure (CRE). In this regard, an amount of €1m has been provided in Budget 2014 to my Department to offset the impact of the CRE savings requirements on youth services next year.
Every effort is bei...

36. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the progress made to date to address the recently exposed poor management standards and breaches of regulations and best practice at creches in the Dublin area; if follow-up inspections have taken place and the findings of same; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 38762/13 asked on 19 Sep 2013 - Child Care Reports)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald)(Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I propose to take Questions Nos. 17, 18 and 36 together.
The commitment to improve the quality of early childhood care and education has been a key priority for me since becoming Minister for Children and Youth Affairs.
I have outlined to the Dail on several occasions, and to the Joint Oireachtas Committee, eight key areas of action which I believe need to be considered and addressed as a matter of ur...

50. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs her view of the economic importance of investment in early intervention, in particular in the early years; and if she will provide an update on capital funding available to child care providers in 2013. (Question 32592/13 asked on 04 Jul 2013 - Child Care Services Funding)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The Programme for Government commits to developing early childhood care and education as resources allow, and the Government has made a very significant commitment to maintaining the childcare support programmes implemented by my Department - the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) programme, the Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) programme, the Childcare Education and Training Support (CETS) programme and the new After...

125. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if her attention has been drawn to the full impact of her recent funding cuts to youth projects via the City of Dublin Youth Services Programme; if she accepts that she needs to reverse the cuts and increase funding to these struggling youth services in Dublin and throughout the country (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17280/13 asked on 16 Apr 2013 - Youth Services)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I propose to take Questions Nos. 125, 160 and 166 together.
The Youth Affairs Unit of my Department provides a range of funding schemes, programmes and supports to the youth sector. Funding of some €53.173m is available in 2013 to support the provision of youth services and programmes to young people throughout the country including those from disadvantaged communities. Targeted supports for disadvantaged, marginalised and at...