38. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of social work vacancies in Tusla by title; the number of children classified as high priority awaiting allocation of a social worker; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18546/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Child and Family Agency Staff)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): I propose to take Questions Nos. 37, 38 and 45 together.
I acknowledge that the recruitment and retention of social workers is one of the biggest challenges for Tusla with only 200-250 graduating per year in a very competitive labour market. 
Working in child protection is one of the most difficult areas, and I fully appreciate the dedication of all professionals in Tusla who undertake this extremely important task.
I am fully s...

45. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the work she is undertaking alongside Tusla to address staff recruitment and retention issues; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18545/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Child and Family Agency Staff)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): I propose to take Questions Nos. 37, 38 and 45 together.
I acknowledge that the recruitment and retention of social workers is one of the biggest challenges for Tusla with only 200-250 graduating per year in a very competitive labour market. 
Working in child protection is one of the most difficult areas, and I fully appreciate the dedication of all professionals in Tusla who undertake this extremely important task.
I am fully s...

1938. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of additional social workers required to clear the backlog of unassigned cases; if she will ensure that every case has a care plan; the associated cost of such additional recruitment; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26137/16 asked on 16 Sep 2016 - Child and Family Agency Staff)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): At the end of June 2016, the Child and Family Agency (Tusla) reported that there were 26,214 open cases, of which 5,610 were without an allocated social worker. Although alarming, this represents a 16% reduction in the number of unallocated cases since the start of the year. The Deputy should note that all urgent and emergency cases notified to Tusla are dealt with immediately. Urgent and emergency cases could involve cases of ...

943. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs further to Parliamentary Question No. 180 of 27 November 2013 if the report referred to in the reply is now to hand. (Question 13228/14 asked on 25 Mar 2014 - Child and Family Agency Staff)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I advised the Deputy last December that I had sought additional informational in relation to two posts i.e. Speech and Language Therapist and Principal Social Worker.
I am now advised by the Child and Family Agency that the Speech and Language Therapist post has been filled and that interviews for the position of Principal Social Worker will be held in May 2014.
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490. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the total number of educational welfare officers here in 2011 to 2013, inclusive, and to date in 2014; and the current number of EWOs in the following areas Dublin 3, Dublin 5, Dublin 13 and Dublin 17. (Question 11630/14 asked on 11 Mar 2014 - Child and Family Agency Staff)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): As the Deputy may be aware the functions and operational responsibilities of the former National Educational Welfare Board (NEWB) are now part of the new Child and Family Agency, which was established on 1 January 2014. Since this date the staff of the former NEWB, including its Educational Welfare Officers, have transferred to the new Agency. 
Within the Child and Family Agency, the statutory Education Welfare Service (EWS) h...