• Establishment of Tusla Child and Family Agency

    Posted on February 10, 2014 by in News Updates


    On the 1st January 2014 the Child and Family Agency (the Agency) assumed service responsibility for the following range of services.

    – Child Welfare and Protection Services, including family support services;
    – Existing Family Support Agency responsibilities;
    – Existing National Educational Welfare Board responsibilities;
    – Pre-school Inspection Services;
    – Domestic, sexual and gender based violence services; and
    – Services related to the psychological welfare of children.

    Under the Child and Family Act, 2013, the Child and Family Agency is now the dedicated state agency responsible for improving wellbeing and outcomes for children. The Agency operates under the remit of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and.  The Agency works with the Department to provide leadership to statutory and non-statutory agencies, to ensure that the conditions needed to achieve children’s wellbeing and development are fulfilled.

    The Agency operates under the Child and Family Agency Act 2013, legislation which brings together the Child and Family Agency (the Agency) a number of child-related services ranging from family and educational supports to psychological supports and care and protection services. Children are at the heart of the legislation and families are seen as the foundation of a strong healthy community where children can flourish. Partnership and co-operation in the delivery of seamless services to children and families are also central to the Act.

    Under the Act, the Agency is charged with:

    • supporting and promoting the development, welfare and protection of children, and the effective functioning of families;
    • offering care & protection for children in circumstances where their parents have not been able to, or are unlikely to, provide the care that a child needs. In order to discharge these responsibilities, the Agency is required to maintain and develop the services needed in order to deliver these supports to children and families, and provide certain services for the psychological welfare of children and their families;
    • ensuring that the best interests of the child guide all decisions affecting individual children;
    • consulting children and families so that they help to shape the agency’s policies and services;
    • undertaking research relating to it functions, & provide information & advice to the Minister regarding those functions;
    • commissioning services relating to the provision of child and family services;
    • responsibility for ensuring that every child in the State attends school or otherwise receives an education, and for providing education welfare services to support and monitor children’s attendance, participation and retention in education;
    • strengthening interagency co-operation to ensure seamless services responsive to needs;

    The Child and Family Agency’s services include a range of universal and targeted services:

    • Child protection and welfare services
    • Educational Welfare Services
    • Psychological Services
    • Alternative care
    • Family and Locally-based Community Supports
    • Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence Services

    Tusla – Brand & logo of the Child and Family Agency

    Prior to establishment date, consultation was undertaken around the development of the new Agency.  An overriding theme emerged from this process – that the Child and Family Agency Act, 2013 presents a unique opportunity to start anew and for child and family services to work together in partnership to transform the way in which we provide support and help to children and families in Ireland. Following consultation, the name Tusla emerged as a fitting logo for the Child and Family Agency. While the word borrows from the Irish words ‘tus’ + ‘lá’, Tusla is a completely new word reflecting a shared desire for a new beginning, forging a new identity.  A new word, a new way of working. 

    Visit the new website of Tusla



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