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# tusla

Last month
April 2023
# Child Protection
Tusla didn't contact man over child abuse claim for 8 years as 'no worker was available'
Fourteen men came forward this week to allege they were abused by a now deceased teacher and guidance counsellor at the school.
This year
# tusla
Tusla contacted social media platforms several times last year over online abuse towards staff
Tusla also said it was developing a new Violence, Harassment and Aggression Strategy to help its staff.
# HSE Cyber attack
Tusla to begin contacting 20,000 people whose data was compromised during HSE cyber-attack
People will begin to receive letters this week and the process will take around ten months.
# childminders
Children’s Minister to seek approval to alter legal status of childminders
The move would allow parents to qualify for the National Childcare Scheme if they have a registered childminder.
# Adoption Authority of Ireland
Officials warned that lack of social workers would delay giving adopted people their records
New documents reveal that officials in the AAI and Tusla had raised concerns about difficulties recruiting staff in the months leading up to the Birth Information and Tracing Act coming into effect.
New documents reveal that officials in the AAI and Tusla had raised concerns about difficulties recruiting social workers, Órla Ryan reports
In December, adopted people were informed that they may not receive their records until autumn 2023
In the months leading up to the Birth Information and Tracing Act being enacted, efforts were made to hire more staff
Adopted people 'disgusted' and 'distraught' they might not get their records until autumn 2023
Last year
# New Job
Tusla chief Bernard Gloster appointed as the HSE's new CEO
He is expected to take up the position in Spring 2023.
Adopted people 'disgusted' and 'distraught' they might not get their records until autumn 2023
The AAI wrote to people today, confirming further delays.
# St. John's Ambulance
Survivor Mick Finnegan calls on St John’s Ambulance to publish report on past child abuse ‘without delay’
The board of St John’s Ambulance has said legal scrutiny of the report will begin immediately.
# domestic violence services
Domestic violence services invited to apply for new funding stream secured in Budget 23
€6.8 million is being made available through a ‘targeted call to established domestic violence service providers’.
# Adoption
Tusla and AAI given new tracing powers after 'technical issue' arises with Birth Information Act
An amendment is being made to the Birth Information and Tracing Act, six weeks after it became law.
# Roderic O'Gorman
Mother and Baby Homes: Forum says Tusla is 'erratic, dysfunctional and devoid of trust'
The Collaborative Forum’s report was finally published today – four years after it was compiled.
# birth information
Adoption Authority boss says timelines to process birth information were 'too tight'
The waiting period for people to receive their birth information under the new system tripled just weeks after launching.
# tusla
Waiting time for adopted people to get birth information triples to 90 days
Tusla and the AAI are finding it “difficult” to process and respond to all applications due to the high demand.
# Adoption
Information and tracing services under Birth Act to begin from next month
On 3 October applications for birth records can be made to the Adoption Authority of Ireland and Tusla.
# tusla
HIQA inspection finds child sexual abuse case left waiting 11 months for initial assessment
Tusla services in the Louth Meath area were deemed non-compliant by inspectors in three areas of quality and safety.
Tusla cannot confirm how many records it has about St Gerard's mother and baby home
A report by
Órla Ryan
The Child and Family Agency refused an FOI request from Tuam survivor Peter Mulryan, saying it could not locate records about his sister.
Tusla confirms it has records about St Gerard's but can't say how many, Órla Ryan reports
The agency said it cannot read the documents unless a person requests them via FOI or under GDPR
Tusla refused an FOI request from Peter Mulryan, saying it cannot locate records about his sister
'Two babies from one family, gone': Tusla unable to locate records despite 'extensive' search
'Where is she?': Survivor of Tuam home discovers he has a second sister with no burial record
# access to records
Almost 900 people sign up to adoption tracing system - 32 have 'no contact' preference
A total of 891 adopted people and relatives applied to the new register in July.
'Two babies from one family, gone': Tusla unable to locate records despite 'extensive' search
A report by
Órla Ryan
Tuam survivor Peter Mulryan says it’s “awful” that records for his older sister, Bridget, cannot be found.
Tuam survivor Peter Mulryan says it's "awful" that records for his older sister cannot be found, Órla Ryan reports
Peter believes there is a chance Bridget may have been incorrectly listed as dead, before being adopted
Records related to St Gerard's were given to Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, in 2017
'Where is she?': Survivor of Tuam home discovers he has a second sister with no burial record
'Where is she?': Survivor of Tuam home discovers he has a second sister with no burial record
A report by
Órla Ryan
Peter Mulryan is going public with his search for information about a second sister, Bridget, who passed through St Gerard’s in Dublin.
# Trafficking
'Vulnerable' girl taken into care after entering Ireland with man claiming to be her uncle
The girl had arrived into Ireland from Ukraine.
# Delays
HIQA report finds "inconsistencies in many services" for children
Lengthy delays and a lack of resources were the main issues noted.
# Attendance
Parents left stressed after schools report children to Tusla for missing days due to Covid
The number of children included in these absence reports increased during the pandemic due to Covid-19 illness and close contact rules.
# Refugees
Unaccompanied children as young as 12 arriving into Ireland from Ukraine
14 unaccompanied children are currently in Tusla care.
# refugees in ireland
Taoiseach: Officials vetting accommodation for refugees amid report of 'sex for housing' offer
Taoiseach says Ireland will take in a further 500 Ukrainian refugees that are currently in Moldova.
# Domestic Violence
Review of domestic violence refuges highlights geographical gaps and inadequate provision
Minister Helen McEntee has committed to a womens’ refuge expansion.
All time
Fostering within the family needs support, resources - and regulation
Absence of clear oversight and supports leave children and caring relatives in precarious position.
# PUP scam
Men plead guilty to PUP scam which cost state €150,000
The email addresses of 74 HSE and Tusla employees were used for fraudulent claims
# tusla
Tusla staff report having more time for face to face work in aftermath of HSE cyberattack
Internal records detail how some employees reported being less burdened with emails.
# cannabis poisoning
Six children reported to Dublin hospital with accidental cannabis poisoning earlier this year
One case involved two siblings aged three and four who consumed cannabis peach ring jellies.
# Adoption
Adopted people seeking records ‘should be provided with counselling supports’, committee hears
Tusla CEO Bernard Gloster has said the provision of counselling should be underpinned by law.
# identity
Tusla apologises for 'hurt' felt by adoptees seeking access to personal information
An adoptee rights group said that Tusla’s apology is a “long overdue acknowledgement” of adoptees’ pain.
# Care
HSE hack: A sensitive Tusla database dealing with child protection cases can't be accessed
The Tusla database holds information on current and previous child care cases.
# Child Protection
New helpline for Mother and Baby Home survivors concerned about risk still posed by abuser
Tusla said perpetrators may have been involved in the abuse of multiple children over time.
# covid19
Tusla confirms 'unapproved email' about registering for vaccines sent to staff who were not eligible
The agency said it has conducted checks in other regions and this appears to be an isolated incident.
# birth registration
Report into illegal adoptions estimates there are thousands of 'suspicious' files, but advises against inquiry
Minister Roderic O’Gorman says “deep ethical issues” arise in relation to illegal birth registrations, and an inquiry may still happen.
# Rent Supplement
Access to rent supplement for victims of domestic violence extended to the end of the year
Rent supplement can be provided for an initial three-month period and the usual means test does not apply.
# Investigation
Child with profound disability left in hospital for two years after HSE and Tusla unable to secure care for him
The child suffered brain damage and significant life-changing injuries in 2016.
# Database
Legal advice is that GDPR is 'prohibited' by 2004 Act on Mother and Baby Homes Commission - Department
The minister has defended the legislation but said he regrets poorly communicating what it intends to do.
Fionn Davenport: I was born in a mother and baby home - we have a right to our past
Writer Fionn Davenport says the government’s rushing through of legislation last night condemns survivors of mother and baby homes to 30 more years of darkness.
# Commission
'When your mother cried during labour, she was paying for her sins': Stories of mother and baby home survivors read into Dáil record
Powerful testimonies of survivors from mother and baby homes were read out in the Dáil last night.