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Press Releases 2013

31.12.2013 Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Welcomes the Establishment of the Child and Family Agency

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald TD, today (31 December, 2013) announced that the Child and Family Agency will commence operation with effect from 1 January, 2014. The Agency will assume responsibility for a range of services, including: Child Welfare and Protection Services, including family support services currently delivered by the

Published on 31 December 2013

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18.12.2013 Minister Fitzgerald to introduce the Adoption (Amendment Bill) 2013 in Dáil Éireann

Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister of Children & Youth Affairs, will tomorrow (Thursday 19th December) introduce the Adoption (Amendment Bill) 2013 in Dáil Éireann.Earlier this week Minister Fitzgerald sought and received Government approval for the Bill.The purpose of the Bill is to amend the Adoption Act to allow a small number of prospective adopters

Published on 18 December 2013

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11.12.2013 Minister Fitzgerald announces €1.5 million capital funding for 30 new Youth Cafés

Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, has today (11th December 2013) announced the allocation of  €1.5million in capital funding for the provision of 30 new Youth Cafés in communities across the country.The 30 new Youth Cafés (listed below) were selected on foot of a call for applications earlier this year and selection process overseen by Pobal and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

Published on 11 December 2013

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10.12.2013 Statement by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald TD on the operation of the Children Detention Schools, Oberst

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald TD has confirmed that on foot of a Judgement issued today by the High Court, arrangements are being made for the immediate release of 7 children currently detained in the Children Detention Schools, Oberstown, Lusk, Co Dublin. This is being done on the basis of legal advice

Published on 10 December 2013

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10.12.2013 Minister Fitzgerald responds to the publication of 4th tranche of reviews of safeguarding practice in Catholic Dioceses and Religious Cong

Frances Fitzgerald, TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, today responded to the publication of a further tranche of reviews conducted by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church (NBSCCC) into safeguarding practices at both diocesan and Religious Congregation level. 

Published on 10 December 2013

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02.12.2013 Minister Fitzgerald launches report on implementation of child abuse inquiry recommendations

Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children & Youth Affairs,  today launched “An Examination of Recommendations from Inquiries into Events in Families, their Interactions with State Services and their Impact on Policy and Practice” authored by Dr Helen Buckley & Dr Caroline O'Neill of the School of Social Work and Social Policy, at Trinity College Dublin.

Published on 02 December 2013

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27.11.2013 Government announces €30m investment in new ABC (Area-Based Childhood) Programme

Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children & Youth Affairs, has today announced that an additional nine areas have been selected to enter the design stage of the Area-Based Childhood (ABC) Programme 2013-2016 in line with a key Programme for Government commitment. This bring the total number of areas to 13, as three existing projects which participated in a forerunner PEIP programme in Tallaght, Ballymun and Darndale have already been approved for entry into the new ABC Programme, and a further project in the Midlands is being included, linked to the existing 'Preparing for Life' project in Darndale. The new projects are listed below.

Published on 27 November 2013

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27.11.2013 Minister Fitzgerald launches the first results from Growing Up in Ireland describing the lives of Irish 5 year olds

Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs has today welcomed the publication of the first set of key findings on Irish 5 year olds from the 'Growing Up in Ireland' longitudinal study of children which is commissioned and funded by her Department. The findings published today focus on children's transition to school, socio-emotional well-being, physical well-being, play and diet, and family circumstance.

Published on 27 November 2013

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18.11.2013 Scéim Teanga na Roinne Leanaí agus Gnóthaí Óige faoi Acht na dTeangacha Oifigiúla 2003.

Inniu d'fhógair Frances Fitzgerald TD, An tAire Leanaí agus Gnóthaí Óige, d'fhógair sí foilsiú Scéim Theanga na Roinne faoi Acht na dTeangacha Oifigiúla 2003, le comhaontú An Aire Ealaíon, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta. Sracrianaíonn an scéim

Published on 18 November 2013

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18.11.2013 Department of Children and Youth Affairs Language Scheme under the Official Languages Act 2003

Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, today announced the publication of the Department's Language Scheme under the Official Languages Act 2003, with the agreement of the Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht. This scheme, which will be in force for a period of 3 years, outlines the extent to which services are currently available through Irish

Published on 18 November 2013

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15.11.2013 Dáil na nóg calls for national mental health gathering for second level students

200 delegates, aged 12-17, today took part in Dáil na nÓg 2013 and voted as their top recommendation the need for a national mental health gathering for second level students, with music and events to improve attitudes towards mental health.The young delegates spent the day discussing all aspects of mental health including topics such as Leaving Cert reform,

Published on 15 November 2013

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15.11.2013 Minister Fitzgerald announces €900,000 to support training for childcare staff starting 2013

Funding to be provided to Early Childhood Ireland and Border Counties Childcare Network to support training for existing childcare staff starting in 2013.Minister provides update on Pre-School Quality Improvements:• 1,672 pre-school inspection reports now published• Five new pre-school inspectors currently been recruited• Funding secured for additional inspectors

Published on 15 November 2013

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12.11.2013 Minister Fitzgerald updates Dáil on Pre-School Quality Improvements

1,672 pre-school inspection reports now published. Five new pre-school inspectors currently been recruited. Funding secured for additional inspectors and establishment of National Quality Support Service in 2014. Changes to law on registration, enforcement and penalties has passed Committee stage in Dáil

Published on 12 November 2013

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06.11.2013 Cabinet approves policy proposal to strengthen legislative provisions for Aftercare

Wednesday the 6th November 2013Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children & Youth Affairs has welcomed the approval by Government yesterday of a policy proposal brought forward to strengthen the legislative provisions for aftercare, by amending the Child Care Act, 1991 to provide for a statutory right to the preparation of an aftercare plan and to draft heads of legislation along the lines of the policy

Published on 06 November 2013

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05.11.2013 Minister Fitzgerald welcomes interim report of Child Care Law Reporting Project

Minister Fitzgerald signed regulations in 2012 allowing reporting of proceedings under Child Care Act 1991Minister notes prevalence of neglect (21.6%) and parental drug and alcohol abuse (18.6%) as the most common reasons for care applicationsTuesday 5th November 2013Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, has today welcomed the publication of the interim report of the Child Care Law Reporting

Published on 05 November 2013

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04.11.2013 Minister Fitzgerald launches a new report from Growing Up in Ireland on infant development and the impact of parenting and family contexts

Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs has today welcomed the publication of the latest series of research findings from the 'Growing Up in Ireland' longitudinal study of children which is commissioned and funded by her Department.

Published on 04 November 2013

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24.10.2013 Ministers Fitzgerald, Reilly and White announce Measures to Deal with Alcohol Misuse

Minimum Unit Pricing and Regulation of Advertising and Sponsorship to be provided for in a Public Health Bill. Children's Minister endorses measures which will help address impact of alcohol misuse on children, young people and families

Published on 24 October 2013

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24.10.2013 Minister Seeks Report from HSE on Roma Children Cases

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald, confirmed today that she has asked Mr. Gordon Jeyes, National Director of Children and Family Services, to provide her with a report on the HSE actions in respect of the two cases of Roma children who were provided with foster care under Section 12 of the Child Care Act 1991 following Garda action in the two cases.

Published on 24 October 2013

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15.10.2013 Government investing in important reforms for children and families – Fitzgerald

Reforming Child Protection - Additional funding of €6.7 million in 2014 to support reform of child welfare and protection services;
Implementing the Pre-School Quality Agenda – funding of €4.5 million to:
Recruit additional pre-school inspectors
Establish a pre-school mentoring service
Support staff training
Tacking Child Poverty - Additional €1.5m for implementation of the Area Based Childhood (ABC) programme, a joint initiative between DCYA and Atlantic Philanthropies to improve outcomes for children in disadvantaged communities. Almost €30 million will be spent on this initiative during the period 2013-2016.
Whole-of-Government support for Children and Families also evident in free GP care for children aged 5 years and under and in maintenance of Child Benefit rates.

Published on 15 October 2013

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14.10.2013 Oberstown construction demonstrates Government commitment to implementing long-awaited reforms – Fitzgerald

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Ms. Frances Fitzgerald TD has today officially launched the construction project for new child detention facilities, to increase capacity and improve services on the Oberstown campus, Lusk, Co. Dublin. Minister Fitzgerald said the start of construction on the Oberstown project further demonstrated the Government commitment's to implementing long-awaited reforms. The main objective of this project is to implement the Programme for Government commitment to end the detention of children in adult prison facilities.

Published on 14 October 2013

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10.10.2013 Minister Fitzgerald launches Expert Group report on Early Years Strategy

Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, has today launched 'Right from the Start', the report of the Expert Advisory Group established to make recommendations for Ireland's first-ever Early Years Strategy which is currently being prepared by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs

Published on 10 October 2013

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09.10.2013 Minister Fitzgerald commits to 'coordinated national approach' for sexual abuse services for children and young people

Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children & Youth Affairs has today committed to the development of a coordinated national approach for sexual abuse services for children and young people including the recruitment of new regional coordinators posts. The Minister was speaking at the AGM of the Rape Crisis Network of Ireland which also saw the launch of major new report on data on sexual violence.

Published on 09 October 2013

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08.10.2013 Minister Fitzgerald confirms closure of HSE High Support Unit following

Minister welcomes National Review of Residential Care including reconfiguration of High Support and Special Care Units Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs has today welcomed the decisive move by HSE Children and Family Service to close a High Support Unit in Co. Monaghan.

Published on 08 October 2013

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26.09.2013 Minister Fitzgerald confirms submission of Ireland's report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children & Youth Affairs, has today confirmed that Ireland has submitted the State's Consolidated 3rd and 4th Reports to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child.Submission of the report to the UN had been approved by Government.

Published on 26 September 2013

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24.09.2013 Cabinet approves strengthening of Early Years Sector

The Cabinet today approved a number of legislative proposals brought forward by Minister Fitzgerald which will strengthen the the registration, regulation and enforcement of pre-school services.  The Minister in conjunction with the HSE and other stakeholders, is progressing a Pre-School Quality Agenda involving a range of actions in eight key areas, aimed at improving quality within early years services

Published on 24 September 2013

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20.09.2013 Minister Fitzgerald announces members designate for the board of the new Child and Family Agency

Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children & Youth Affairs has announced the appointment of members to the Board of the Family Support Agency, which will become the Board of new Child and Family Agency on its establishment.

Published on 20 September 2013

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20.09.2013 Minister Fitzgerald launches new findings from Growing Up in Ireland

Minister welcomes the valuable contribution made by Growing Up in Ireland to our knowledge of child development from birth to three years.- The vast majority of Irish 3 year olds are in good health, display low levels of behavioural difficulties and experience a positive parenting style.

Published on 20 September 2013

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19.09.2013 Minister Fitzgerald outlines plans for new laws on pre-school regulation

All pre-school services will have to be registered in order to operate. New bill will introduce a range of new enforcement powers for Inspectors at pre-prosecution level.

Published on 19 September 2013

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16.09.2013 Minister Fitzgerald challenges lack of inter-agency working in child protection

Minister addresses major international child protection conference being held in Dublin. Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children & Youth Affairs has today said that a lack of interagency and multi-disciplinary working in child protection has resulted in too many children being failed.

Published on 16 September 2013

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03.09.2013 Minister Fitzgerald welcomes conclusion of inter-country adoption operating arrangements with the United States of America

Frances Fitzgerald, TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, has today welcomed the conclusion of inter-country adoption operating arrangements between Ireland and the United States of America.The Adoption Authority of Ireland, led by its Chairman Dr. Geoffrey Shannon has been working in recent months to bring greater clarity to the situation

Published on 03 September 2013

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24.07.2013 Minister Fitzgerald welcomes Government commitment for Phase 2 of Growing Up in Ireland - National Longitudinal Study of Children

The Growing Up in Ireland study monitors the development of almost 20,000 children. Department of Children and Youth Affairs given go-ahead to enter procurement process to continue with the Study. Extension of study until 2019 will allow for tracking of critical transition points in children and young people's lives

Published on 24 July 2013

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23.07.2013 Government approve revised Heads of Children First Bill – Fitzgerald

Revised heads reflect findings of Oireachtas Committee hearing and recommendations of 600 page report. Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children & Youth Affairs has today announced that the Government has approved the revised Heads and General Scheme of the Children First Bill and has approved the drafting of this legislation by parliamentary counsel.

Published on 23 July 2013

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18.07.2013 Minister Fitzgerald welcomes progress on implementation of Children First

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald, T.D., today welcomed the considerable progress achieved by Departments and sectors in undertaking consistent and comprehensive implementation of Children First National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children and the Government decision to have all relevant Departments publish their Children First Sectoral Implementation Plans on their websites.

Published on 18 July 2013

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17.07.2013 Minister Fitzgerald introduces Child and Family Agency Bill in Dáil Éireann

Minister Fitzgerald introduces Child and Family Agency Bill in Dáil Éireann.   Establishment represents one of the current Government's largest public service reforms.    Most ambitious and comprehensive reform of child protection services ever undertaken in Ireland.

Published on 17 July 2013

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12.07.2013 Legislation to Enact New Child & Family Agency Marks Milestone in Effective Development of Child Protection Services

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald T.D., has announced that legislation to establish the Child and Family Agency Bill has today (Friday 12th July 2013) been published by the Houses of the Oireachtas. The Bill provides for the establishment of Ireland's first dedicated Child and Family Agency, a key Programme for Government commitment.

Published on 12 July 2013

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11.07.2013 Minister Fitzgerald welcomes the Sixth Report of the Special Rapporteur on Child Protection

Frances Fitzgerald T.D. Minister for Children and Youth Affairshas welcomed the Sixth Report of the Special Rapporteur on Child Protection [2012] and the re-appointment of Dr. Geoffrey Shannon as Special Rapporteur.Dr Shannon was originally appointed in June 2006

Published on 11 July 2013

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10.07.2013 Minister Fitzgerald welcomes launch of Youth Homelessness Reports

Minister Fitzgerald welcomes launch at Every Child a Home: A Review of the Implementation of the Youth Homelessness Strategy and Young People's Homeless and Housing Pathways and Young People's Homeless and Housing Pathways: Key Findings from a 6-year Qualitative Longitudinal Study, Trinity College, Dublin

Published on 10 July 2013

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04.07.13 Minister Fitzgerald Announces Capital Funding to Improve Facilities in Childcare Services

Frances Fitzgerald, TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, today announced that €2.75 million in capital grant funding has been allocated to 671 grantees subject to contract, from childcare settings throughout Ireland. In 2012, Minister Fitzgerald introduced a capital funding scheme for childcare.

Published on 04 July 2013

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26.06.13 Child helpline data shows that child protection requires an EU-wide response - Minister Fitzgerald

Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs has today said that data collated from European child helplines must act as a wake-up call for policy-makers on the scale of pressures and problems facing Europe's children and young people and therefore requires an EU-wide response.

Published on 26 June 2013

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21.06.13 Minister Fitzgerald welcomes Dublin Declaration on contribution of youth work to youth employment

- Declaration recognises unique potential of youth work in supporting attainment of 'soft' skills which are increasingly sought after by employers
- Declaration agreed following EU Presidency expert roundtable hosted by Minister Fitzgerald
- Minister Fitzgerald to write to President Herman Van Rompuy ahead of next week's EU Council summit

Published on 21 June 2013

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