What is the Child and Family Agency?
The Child and Family Agency, Tusla launched in January 2014, brings child protection, family support and other important services for children together under the one Agency for the first time.
Did the Children’s Rights Alliance influence the shape of the Agency?
Yes. The Children’s Rights Alliance’s advocacy has ensured that the Agency has children’s rights at its heart. Our recommended amendments were included in the legislation that established the Agency, including a greater focus on family support and educational welfare, and an amendment to ensure broader consultation with children and individuals. We are very proud of the fact that so many of our changes were taken on board in the design as it is extremely difficult to secure changes in legislation. Children will be better respected and protected.
If you are concerned about a child:
If you are concerned about a child’s safety, please contact the Child and Family Agency local social work service where the child lives. Contact details can be found here http://www.tusla.ie/services/child-protection-welfare/concerns You can contact these services between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. Outside these hours, you should contact your local Garda station if you are concerned about a child’s safety.
Keep up to date:
- Listen to Tanya on RTE’s Morning Ireland discussing the need for adequate resources for the Child and Family Agency (7 July 2014) here.
- Read our Submission on the Child and Family Agency Bill
- Read our press release on the Child and Family Agency Bill 2013
- Read the Child and Family Agency Act 2013