Tusla - Ireland's Child & Family Agency

Tusla Update on Services during Level 5 Restrictions

Tusla Update on Services during Level 5 Restrictions

Tusla – Child and Family Agency continues to provide key services during new Level 5 restrictions announced by Government.

As an essential front line service, Tusla will continue to provide services across core areas that support children and families at risk. Our key priorities at this time remain:

  • Child protection
  • Children in care;
  • Domestic, sexual and gender based violence services, in conjunction with our partners and funded agencies.

In particular, we would like to remind the public that supports are available for anyone at risk of domestic, sexual or gender based violence:

  • Garda Síochána (24 hours) 999/112 or your local Garda station
  • Women’s Aid Helpline (24 hours) 1800 341 900
  • Dublin Rape Crisis Centre Helpline (24 hours) 1800 778 888
  • Men’s Development Network Male Advice Line 1800 816 588
  • Mens Aid Ireland 01 5543811

In addition to extra funding and supports provided earlier in the year, Tusla has made specific immediate funding available to the sector at this time including an increase in funding to the national helplines operated by Women’s Aid and Dublin Rape Crisis Centre to increase capacity in light of anticipated extra demand.  Tusla will also continue to provide additional funding for staffing to maintain services and to address any capacity issues arising from the demand throughout 2020.

Speaking about the sector, Bernard Gloster, CEO, Tusla, said “2020 has been a difficult year for many, and the Christmas period and new restrictions bring further challenges. We are particularly conscious of the impact of this time of year on those who may be at risk of domestic violence, and the increased demand for services who support those at risk, and this additional funding reflects this.

Now, more than ever, it is important that we all continue to work together to keep children and families as safe as possible.” 

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