08 February 2012

Fitzgerald Announces 5 New Social Workers for Local Area

Minister Frances Fitzgerald has announced an additional 4 social workers and 1 Team Leader for the Clondalkin, Rathcoole, Newcastle, Saggart, Palmerstown and Lucan area. The additional social workers will cover child protection in these areas and the creation of their posts is part of the HSE’s nationwide campaign to employ 60 additional social workers, as recommended by the Ryan Report.

“Since my first day in office I have been committed to implementing the recommendations of the Ryan Report. Among the key recommendations made in the report was the recruitment of an additional 60 social workers in the area of child protection. I am pleased to announce that 4 of these social workers and 1 team leader will be based in my own constituency to help cover child protection throughout Lucan, Clondalkin, Palmerstown, Saggart, Newcastle and Rathcoole. These workers will provide additional support to our services here in Dublin Mid West and will work to ensure the protection of children throughout our communities,” said Minister Frances Fitzgerald.

"Last year I personally took over the Chair of the Ryan Report Implementation Group. The Ryan Report Implementation Plan committed to the recruitment of an additional 60 social workers in 2011. The latest available information from the HSE indicates that 58 of these posts have been either filled or accepted. The delivery of this important commitment, despite the pressures on the HSE to pause recruitment during 2011, shows the absolute commitment and determination of the Government and I to deliver improved child protection and family support services as part of our ongoing ‘change agenda’,” continued Fitzgerald, Minister for Children & Youth Affairs.

“These additional social workers will be targeted at priority areas of the service having regard to an overall assessment of workload undertaken by the HSE’s National Director of Children and Family services, Gordon Jeyes to support the ‘change agenda’.

“I am pleased to have succeeded in ensuring that these additional social workers were recruited thus fulfilling the Ryan report recommendation and delivering on my commitment to this issue. The additional supports of these five trained individuals here in my own area are a welcome resource for our communities across Lucan, Clondalkin, Palmerstown, Newcastle, Saggart and Rathcoole,” concluded Fitzgerald.