215. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs her plans to extend the early child care scheme for families than cannot find a place in their local school and require an extra year for a place to become available; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14710/17 asked on 23 Mar 2017 - Child Care Services Provision)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): As the Deputy will be aware an expansion of ECCE, the free pre-school programme, took place following Budget 2016. This expansion was given significant consideration by the Inter-Departmental Group on Future Investment in Childcare which reported in July 2015. Senior officials from the Department of Education and Skills contributed to the discussions on an upper age limit for the scheme, taking a child centred approach and cons...

1936. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the list of all vacancies that existed on 26 February 2016 and all positions that have arisen since, including the date they became vacant, for State boards or governing bodies under her control; the names of those appointed since the Government was formed; if the position was advertised and a shortlist provided to her by the Public Appointments Service; if the appointments were approved by the Cabinet; the positions under her control which are not subject to the PAS system; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26078/16 asked on 16 Sep 2016 - Appointments to State Boards)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): I am responsible for the appointment of members to the boards of the Adoption Authority of Ireland, the Child and Family Agency (Tusla), Gáisce (the President’s Award) and the Board of Management for the Children Detention Schools. 
On 26 February 2016, there were 6 vacancies on the Gáisce Council and 2 vacancies on the Board of Management of the Children Detention School. I am currently arranging for the six vacant positions o...

131. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs his plans for recruitment in the Oberstown Juvenile Detention Centre in north County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 22785/15 asked on 11 Jun 2015 - Prison Staff)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy James Reilly): A campaign is ongoing to recruit over 60 new care staff for the operation of the expanded Oberstown campus and 38 staff have been recruited to date. The campaigns have consisted of 3 phases to recruit the necessary number of Residential Social Care Workers to operate the new facilities. One of these phases has been completed and 2 of these are currently ongoing. A further campaign to recruit Night Supervisor Officers was successfu...

658. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the position regarding the ceasing of high-support services for young persons aged 12 to 17 in a centre (details supplied) and the designation of this service to special care; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 28551/14 asked on 01 Jul 2014 - Children in Care)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 626, 647 and 658 to 660, inclusive, together.
Special Care involves the detention of a child for his or her own welfare and protection in a Special Care Unit on order of the High Court. Special Care Units differ from ordinary residential care in that the Units offer higher staff ratios, on-site education as well as specialised input such as psychology and child psychiatric services. The child is ...

659. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if funding has been agreed for the reopening of a centre (details supplied) in County Dublin as a special care unit; the timeline for this centre to reopen; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 28552/14 asked on 01 Jul 2014 - Children in Care)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 626, 647 and 658 to 660, inclusive, together.
Special Care involves the detention of a child for his or her own welfare and protection in a Special Care Unit on order of the High Court. Special Care Units differ from ordinary residential care in that the Units offer higher staff ratios, on-site education as well as specialised input such as psychology and child psychiatric services. The child is ...

660. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs his current plans for a centre (details supplied) in County Dublin when it reopens; the number of beds that will be available at this unit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 28553/14 asked on 01 Jul 2014 - Children in Care)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 626, 647 and 658 to 660, inclusive, together.
Special Care involves the detention of a child for his or her own welfare and protection in a Special Care Unit on order of the High Court. Special Care Units differ from ordinary residential care in that the Units offer higher staff ratios, on-site education as well as specialised input such as psychology and child psychiatric services. The child is ...

600. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if funding for school completion programmes in DEIS schools is ring fenced from cuts in 2014; if not, if it can be ring fenced and protected for this year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 24650/14 asked on 10 Jun 2014 - School Completion Programme)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The School Completion Programme (SCP) aims to retain young people in the formal education system to completion of senior cycle and to generally improve the school attendance, participation and retention of its target cohort. The SCP is a targeted intervention aimed at those school communities identified through the Department of Education and Skills’ DEIS Action Plan for Educational Inclusion. It involves 124 locally managed pr...

694. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs his views on a proposed cut of 6.5% to the provision of the school completion programme in respect of a school (details supplied) in County Dublin which is due to come into effect on the 1 September 2014; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 21392/14 asked on 13 May 2014 - School Completion Programme)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The School Completion Programme (SCP) is a targeted intervention aimed at those school communities identified through the Department of Education and Skills’ DEIS Action Plan for Educational Inclusion. The School Completion Programme aims to retain young people in the formal education system to completion of senior cycle and to generally improve the school attendance, participation and retention of its target cohort. 
The school ...

455. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the future plans for a unit (details supplied) in County Dublin; if the unit will remain open in its current form; if not, the changes that will be made; the rationale behind such planned changes; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52847/13 asked on 10 Dec 2013 - Child Care Services Provision)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I have been advised by the HSE that Crannóg Nua in Portrane, Co. Dublin will cease providing High Support services in May 2014 once the current residents complete their interventions and move on to their next placements. Crannóg Nua will then undergo a period of refurbishment and enhancement in order to bring the standard of the current facilities up to the level of security required to provide Special Care services from that ...