Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, has continued to “provide essential frontline services that cannot be delivered remotely” during the Covid-19 public health emergency, according to its management.
Said Tusla’s Waterford and Wexford Area Manager Vincent Daly: “our staff have been working tirelessly to ensure the continuity of supports and services, while also balancing the needs and best interests of the child with public health advice to keep children, families and frontline staff as safe as possible during the pandemic.”
These include domestic, sexual and gender-based services, child protection and supports children in care.
Tusla’s Prevention Partnership and Family Support (PPFS) staff have been working with Children and Young People’s Services Committees (CYPSC) in both Waterford and Wexford, including the eight Family Resource Centres in both counties. These services include “essential food drops, through to active support and advice via mobile services and direct contact when required”.
According to a statement, Tusla’s social work teams are “working exceptionally hard to ensure that all concerns and referrals received about the safety or welfare of a child are screened and assessed in line with Children First, and responded to in line with normal practice”.
In March, Tusla implemented its Children & Young Peoples Plan (2019-2022) which is advocating a multi-agency approach “which will in turn improve outcomes for children and young people in Waterford”.
Anyone with a concern about a child’s safety or welfare should contact Tusla’s Waterford/Wexford local duty social work office on (053) 9198201.