Other Placements & Out of State Placements
The majority of children in care are matched to a suitable foster family or residential centre. But some children need specialist services, or their needs are better supported in other settings.
At the end of December 2016, less than 2% (125) of all children in care were in an “Other” care placement.
Some examples of “Other Care Placements” include:
• Children who may be at home on a care order under supervision as part of a plan for them to return to their family home.
• Young people placed in supported lodgings;
• Placement in a residential centre for young people with a disability.
Out of State Secure
Tusla seeks to place children with complex needs within Ireland; but in some limited circumstances children are placed abroad where their specific needs can be met. These children often present with a complex range of needs due to injury, accident or childhood experiences. The needs of a child are prioritised over the location of the placement when seeking such specialist services.
Other Out of State Placements
At times children may be placed with specialised foster carers or a residential placement out of state. If necessary, children can also be placed with relatives living in another country.
Children placed abroad remain in the care of the State, have an allocated social worker who visits them in their placement, and have a care plan which is reviewed within the statutory framework.
At the end of December 2016, there were 17 (0.27%) children in an out of state placement.
Further data relating to children in care is contained here.