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Tusla Child and Family Agency. (2016) Tusla annual report 2015. Dublin: Tusla.

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The Child and Family Agency is now two years in operation after it was first established on 1 January 2014 as the dedicated State agency responsible for improving wellbeing and outcomes for children. The Agency was set up through merging Children and Family Services of the Health Service Executive (HSE), the National Educational Welfare Board and the Family Support Agency.

Tusla’s remit includes a range of broad-based and targeted services, as follows:
• Child Protection and Welfare Services, including Family Support Services;
• Family Resource Centres and associated national programmes;
• Early Years services regulation and inspection;
• Educational welfare responsibilities, including statutory Education Welfare Services, the School Completion Programme and the Home School Community Liaison Scheme;
• Alternative Care Services, including foster care, residential care, special care and aftercare;
• Registration and inspection of non-statutory children’s residential centres;
• Domestic, sexual and gender-based violence services;
• Services related to the psychological welfare of children;
• Assessment, consultation, therapy and treatment services (ACTS);
• Adoption services, including information and tracing.

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