51. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the steps she is taking to protect the children of illegally adopted persons who are unaware of their status from receiving false medical records in view of the delay in progressing the Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill 2016; and the way in which these persons are being protected from receiving incorrect medical family histories. (Question 18814/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Adoption Records Provision)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): The Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill 2016 provides for the first time a statutory entitlement to identity information for adopted persons. 
The legislation provides for structured and regulated access to information and tracing services for those affected by adoption. It sets out the information that can be provided, which includes early life information and medical information, and the circumstances in which it can be pr...

53. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the actions being taken to investigate serious issues and allegations regarding risk to children awaiting a service and the neglect of those children already in care contained in a protected disclosure by a person (details supplied); and the actions being taken to hold to account the persons responsible in the case of a child. (Question 18815/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Child Protection)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): The issues referred to by the Deputy have been, and continue to be, the subject of investigation. I do not propose to comment on the specific matters raised at this stage. 
I can, however, assure the Deputy that I have attached particular importance to allegations made regarding possible risk to children and I have sought, through a series of actions, to be assured that services provided to children in the area in question are s...

890. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs further to Parliamentary Question No. 559 of 6 February 2018, if a substantive response from Tusla is likely to be forthcoming soon. (Question 11994/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Child and Family Agency)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): Following the Deputy’s original question, my Department forwarded the request to Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, for attention and direct reply.
I have followed up on this query again with Tusla, and have asked the Agency to respond as soon as possible to the Deputy with the requested information.
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896. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs when Ireland will ratify the second optional protocol of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. (Question 12323/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - UN Convention on the Rights of the Child)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): I am determined to ensure that Ireland ratifies the Second Optional Protocol on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography at the earliest possible date. As noted in my previous reply to the Deputy, my Department is currently working with the Department of Justice and Equality to ensure that all necessary arrangements are in place to fully comply with the provisions of the Second Optional Protocol.  The prep...

509. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs her views on whether the mother and baby homes commission of investigations failed in its first three years to issue a call for information regarding the burials of children at Bessborough Mother and Baby Home, Cork; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11075/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - Mother and Baby Homes Inquiries)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): The statutory Commission of Investigation (Mother and Baby Homes and certain related Matters) is independent in the conduct of its investigations. The approach to publicising its work and gathering information are matters for the Commission to decide and progress. I do not have any role or influence in this regard.
I am aware that the latest advertising campaign specifically seeks information on the burial arrangements for child...

23. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the reason for establishing a consultation forum; the guidance she received with regard to her view that a membership of 20 is appropriate; the methodology that will be employed to select membership; if it will be inclusive of all survivor groups, including a group (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8883/18 asked on 22 Feb 2018 - Mother and Baby Homes Inquiries)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): The establishment of the Collaborative Forum is a new approach in the State’s response to the theme of “nothing about us without us” which emerged from my consultations with former residents of mother and baby homes and their advocates.  
These consultations were facilitated by Mr Jim Halley and he further assisted me in developing the proposal for a Collaborative Forum capable of responding to the issues raised by former reside...

32. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the steps she is taking to ensure the progress of the Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill 2016; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8882/18 asked on 22 Feb 2018 - Legislative Measures)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): The Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill 2016 provides for the first time a statutory entitlement to identity information for adopted persons. It provides for a structured and regulated access to information and tracing services for those affected by adoption. It sets out the information that can be provided  and the circumstances in which it can be provided to adopted persons and provides that services will be provided by ...

190. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if the orders of discovery have been wholly complied with by the religious congregations that are the subject of those orders further to the third interim report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes, section 2.12. (Question 8922/18 asked on 21 Feb 2018 - Mother and Baby Homes Inquiries)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): The Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes and certain related matters is independent in the conduct of its investigations. 
The issue raised by the Deputy is an operational matter for the Commission and I have no further information or role in this regard. 
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601. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if her attention has been drawn to the “vox pop” style document circulated by Galway County Council as part of its consultation process on the burial site at Bon Secours, Tuam; and her views on whether this is an appropriate method of consultation in view of the sensitive nature of the matter. (Question 6815/18 asked on 13 Feb 2018 - Mother and Baby Homes Inquiries)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): I have visited the site of the former Tuam home on a number of occasions and I am acutely conscious of the sensitive nature of the decisions which must be progressed. Assisting those most centrally involved to understand the options now open to us was one of the reasons for commissioning the technical report which I published last December.
Galway County Council recently announced details of a structured consultation process wi...

556. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if her attention was drawn to concerns in counties Laois and Offaly social work service by Tusla management in the two years prior to May 2015 (details supplied); and if so, the number of such alerts received. (Question 5812/18 asked on 06 Feb 2018 - Child Care Services Administration)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): I propose to take Questions Nos. 556 and 557 together.
The then Minister for Children and Youth Affairs was first made aware of the matters of concern referred to by the Deputy at the end of April, 2015. It appears that there were no specific concerns raised with the Department before then. 
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557. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if her attention was drawn to concerns in the counties Laois and Offaly social work service by Tusla management in the two years prior to May 2015 (details supplied); and if so, if copies of all alerts received and the dates on which they were received will be provided. (Question 5813/18 asked on 06 Feb 2018 - Child Care Services Administration)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): I propose to take Questions Nos. 556 and 557 together.
The then Minister for Children and Youth Affairs was first made aware of the matters of concern referred to by the Deputy at the end of April, 2015. It appears that there were no specific concerns raised with the Department before then. 
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558. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if there were regular meetings in April and May 2015 between her Department officials and senior management in Tusla to discuss operational matters (details supplied) and to provide early warnings on matters that might escalate. (Question 5814/18 asked on 06 Feb 2018 - Child Care Services Administration)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): The then Minister for Children and Youth Affairs was first informed of the issues referred to by the Deputy at the end of April 2015. The then Minister and his senior officials met with Tusla senior management on three occasions in the period April/May 2015. The Minister was updated on progress on the actions being taken by Tusla in response to the concerns about operational matters identified in the Tusla Midlands area. 
Depa...

559. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if copies of all communications and or emails from a person (details supplied) in regard to a matter will be provided; and the responses thereto. (Question 5815/18 asked on 06 Feb 2018 - Departmental Correspondence)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): The request by the Deputy for copies of the documentation referred to has been forwarded to the organisation in question for attention and direct reply. 
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560. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of secondees from companies (details supplied) that are working in her Department. (Question 5829/18 asked on 06 Feb 2018 - Departmental Staff Data)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): There are no staff from the list of companies provided by the Deputy on secondment to my Department.
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298. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if all private providers of community based residential services operated by or on behalf of Tusla are inspected annually by Tusla registration and inspection services; and if not, the frequency with which such services are inspected. (Question 5012/18 asked on 01 Feb 2018 - Child and Family Agency Investigations)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): The latest figures from Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, indicates that, at the end of November 2017, there were 6,182 children in care.  Of these, 348 (6%) were in a residential placement, of whom 199 were in a private residential centre run by a private body. 
The placement of all children in residential  care is governed by the Child Care Regulations 1995. These provide for the welfare of the child, the care practices, ca...

299. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs further to Parliamentary Question No. 1505 of 16 January 2018 and the answer thereto provided by Tusla, the way in which the more than €7 million in funding provided to the service by Tusla in 2015 and 2016 was spent. (Question 5013/18 asked on 01 Feb 2018 - Child and Family Agency Funding)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): As the subject matter of the Deputy’s question relates to an operational matter, I have again referred the matter to the attention of Tusla for a direct reply.
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303. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the timeframe for the implementation of a secure, encrypted, online submission facility for Tusla referrals in view of the fact that at present all Tusla referral forms must be printed off and completed manually by the referrer in order to be submitted. (Question 5225/18 asked on 01 Feb 2018 - Child and Family Agency Services)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): I am pleased to confirm to the Deputy that Tusla’s online portal for the receipt of mandated reports is live. Mandated reporters can go online, via the Tusla website, register, and are then in a position to submit reports directly to Tusla via the portal.  I have been assured that data protection issues have been fully addressed, and that Tusla have consulted with the Data Protection Commissioner in relation to fully protecting ...

304. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if her attention has been drawn to the fact that some counties do not have access to an automated case management system and are instead relying on spreadsheets and manual records for the co-ordination and provision of Tusla services in their areas; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5226/18 asked on 01 Feb 2018 - Child and Family Agency Services)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): Investment in ICT infrastructure is essential as part of the provision of high quality and safe services to vulnerable children and families, and to support both social workers and other staff in their work. 
I am pleased to inform the Deputy that the capital allocation for Tusla this year includes full provision for completion of the roll out of the National Child Care Information System (NCCIS) to all 17 Tusla areas. Tusla ha...

305. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the timeframe for the implementation of a recommendation by a company (details supplied) concerning the maintenance of all data in regard to a case opened by Tusla in one digital format in view of the fact that the current system of maintaining separate digital and manual case files could lead to the information in the separate files falling out of sync, with implications for the provision of care. (Question 5227/18 asked on 01 Feb 2018 - Child and Family Agency Services)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): Tusla, the Child and Family Agency has advised that the National Child Care Information System (NCCIS) will be rolled out to all Tusla areas by mid-2018. The NCCIS will operate as the central national database supporting the provision of child welfare and protection services. The system will eliminate the reliance on manual records and spreadsheets. 
Access to the NCCIS system will ensure that every social work department has ...

306. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of Tusla staff who have been provided with formal training in their rights and obligations under data protection legislation since the establishment of the agency. (Question 5228/18 asked on 01 Feb 2018 - Child and Family Agency Staff)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): I have asked Tusla to supply the information requested directly to the Deputy. A copy of Tusla’s response will be sent to me.
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307. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of the third party organisations contracted by Tusla to provide services that have a formal data processor contract in place with Tusla, as is required by data protection legislation. (Question 5229/18 asked on 01 Feb 2018 - Data Protection)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): As the subject matter of the Deputy’s question relates to an operational matter, I have referred the matter to the attention of Tusla for a direct reply.
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315. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs further to Question No. 1678 of 11 September 2017, if each person, who may potentially be named in a fax, signs a document stating that they understand the risks and agree to their details being sent via fax by Tusla; if these consent forms are retained by Tusla; if each person who may be named in a fax, including minors, receives a full explanation in language they can understand of the risks of their data being sent by fax; and if she will provide a copy of Tusla’s policy document for front-line workers in regard to their obligations to explain to service users the risks of data being transmitted via fax. (Question 2411/18 asked on 18 Jan 2018 - Data Protection)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): I propose to take Questions Nos. 315 and 316 together.
I have requested the required information from Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, in order to respond to this question. I will forward this information to the Deputy when it has been received.
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316. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs further to Parliamentary Question No. 1678 of 11 September 2017, if a consultancy (details supplied), which recently completed a risk report for Tusla, audited compliance with each of the steps put forward by Tusla to maintain security and confidentiality when transmitting personal information by fax outlined in that reply; and if so, the compliance rates with each step found by the company. (Question 2412/18 asked on 18 Jan 2018 - Data Protection)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): I propose to take Questions Nos. 315 and 316 together.
I have requested the required information from Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, in order to respond to this question. I will forward this information to the Deputy when it has been received.
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317. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs further to Question No. 1678 of 11 September 2017, if the attention of Tusla was drawn to a consultancy’s (details supplied) recommendations in regard to its use of fax machines being reduced and kept to a minimum when the response issued; and if so, the reason no reference to same was provided in the response to that question. (Question 2413/18 asked on 18 Jan 2018 - Data Protection)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): The matter raised by the Deputy relates to the operations of Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, and its policies in relation to same, I have asked Tusla to supply the relevant information to the Deputy directly.
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318. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if a report prepared by a company (details supplied) in regard to data protection issues in Tusla is available; and if so, if she will provide a copy of same. (Question 2414/18 asked on 18 Jan 2018 - Data Protection)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): The matter raised by the Deputy relates to the operations of Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, and its policies in relation to same, I have asked Tusla to supply the relevant information to the Deputy directly.
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