Member Dialogue with Tusla, the Child and Family Agency 

A message from – Tanya Ward, Chief Executive Children’s Rights Alliance

“Dear Members,

Thank you so much to all who attended the first in our series of dialogue meetings with Bernard Gloster, CEO of Tusla. We were delighted to facilitate this unique collaborative opportunity with 40 of our member organisations.

Our agenda covered a broad range of issues and we would very much like to continue these dialogues with as many members as possible, all are welcome to attend. We will arrange pre-meetings with our membership to agree agenda items, as we did for our first meeting last week.

At the meeting last week we discussed:

  • The Tusla transformation and reform process, including the key areas of focus; quality of service, the workforce and public confidence.
  • Covid-19 response by Tusla
  • Update on Children First
  • Member queries on specific issues including; ​​
    • ​Parents with intellectual disabilities
    • Birth parents of children in care
    • Child sex abuse and the status of consultation around DPIA
    • Children in care and after care
    • Online safety

We will be following up on all the action points discussed and will be in touch with you to arrange further meetings on the topics pertaining to your organisation’s work and the proposed submission papers discussed.

Mr. Gloster has emphasised that he is eager to encourage as many Children’s Rights Alliance members as possible to attend this series of meetings, which he has asked us to convene as our members represent such a broad range of important sectoral issues.

In particular, he is very interested in hearing your different perspectives on how we can collectively work together to help improve Tusla’s perception with the general public and their stakeholders to give the best possible service from Tusla to those that need it the most.

If you would like to be included in this series of dialogues, please get in touch with Edel to register your interest. The next meeting with Tusla will hopefully take place early next year.”

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