Department of Children and Youth Affairs

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs (Irish: An Roinn Leanaí agus Gnóthaí Óige) is a department of the Government of Ireland. It is led by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs.

Department of
Children and Youth Affairs
Department overview
Formed2 June 1956
JurisdictionIreland
Headquarters43–49 Mespil Road,
Dublin, D04 YP52
53°19′58″N 6°14′53″W
Minister responsible
Department executive
Websitedcya.gov.ie

Departmental team

The official headquarters and ministerial offices of the department are in Dún Aimhirgin, Mespil Road, Dublin 4. The departmental team consists of the following: [1]

Overview

The department is responsible for children and youth affairs.

Child and Family Agency

The Child and Family Agency, known as Tusla, is an independent agency created by the Child and Family Agency Act 2013 and answerable to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs.[2] Its functions were previously distributed among the Health Service Executive's Children & Family Services, the Family Support Agency, and the National Educational Welfare Board.[3] The name Tusla is intended to invoke the Irish words tús "beginning" and "day".[3]

History

The department was created by the Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) Act 1956 as the Department of the Gaeltacht, an act of the 7th government of Ireland led by John A. Costello. This act provided its function as:[4]

to promote the cultural, social and economic welfare of the Gaeltacht; to encourage the preservation and extension of the use of Irish as a vernacular language; and, to such extent as may be necessary or appropriate, to consult and advise with other Departments of State in respect of services administered by such Departments which affect the cultural, social or economic welfare of the Gaeltacht or which concern the national aim of restoring the Irish language.

Over the years the name and functions of the department have changed several times by means of statutory instruments and the department currently responsible for the Gaeltacht is the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. The Department of Children and Youth Affairs has had its current title and functions since 2011.

Alteration of name and transfer of functions

Date Change
2 July 1956 Establishment of the Department of the Gaeltacht[5]
15 October 1956 Transfer of Rural industry and Gaeltacht Housing from Department of Lands[6]
20 January 1993 Transfer of Arts and Culture from Department of the Taoiseach[7]
20 January 1993 Renamed as the Department of Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht[8]
12 July 1997 Renamed as the Department of Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands[9]
28 July 1997 Transfer of Aran Islands Transport from Taoiseach[10]
18 June 2002 Transfer of Arts and Culture to the Department of Tourism, Sport and Recreation[11]
19 June 2002 Renamed as the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs[12]
25 June 2002 Transfer of Community from the Department of Social and Family Affairs[13]
1 June 2010 Transfer of Equality from the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform[14]
2 June 2010 Renamed as Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs[15]
1 April 2011 Transfer of Equality to the Department of Justice and Law Reform[16]
1 May 2011 Transfer of Irish Language, Gaeltacht and the Islands to Department of Tourism, Culture and Sport[17]
1 May 2011 Transfer of Social Inclusion to Department of Social Protection[18]
1 May 2011 Transfer of Community to Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government[19]
2 June 2011 Renamed as the Department of Children and Youth Affairs[20]
3 June 2011 Transfer of Children from the Department of Health and Children[21]
1 October 2011 Transfer of Child Care from the Department of Health[22]
1 January 2012 Transfer of Remand Centres and Children Detention Schools from the Department of Justice and Equality[23]

References

  1. "Department of Children and Youth Affairs". Government of Ireland. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  2. "Child and Family Agency Act 2013". Irish Statute Book. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  3. "About Us". Tusla. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  4. "Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) Act 1956, Section 3: The Department of the Gaeltacht". Irish Statute Book. 5 June 1956. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  5. "Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) Act 1956 (Appointed Day) Order 1956". Irish Statute Book. 28 June 1956. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  6. "Gaeltacht (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order 1956". Irish Statute Book. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  7. "Arts and Culture (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order 1993". Irish Statute Book. 20 January 1993. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  8. "Gaeltacht (Alteration of Name of Department and Title of Minister) Order 1993". Irish Statute Book. 20 January 1993. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  9. "Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht (Alteration of Name of Department and Title of Minister) Order 1997". Irish Statute Book. 8 July 1997. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  10. "Aran Islands Transport (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order 1997". Irish Statute Book. 28 July 1997. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  11. "Arts and Culture (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order 2002". Irish Statute Book. 18 June 2002. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  12. "Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands (Alteration of Name of Department and Title of Minister) Order 2002". Irish Statute Book. 18 June 2002. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  13. "Community Affairs (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order 2002". Irish Statute Book. 25 June 2002. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  14. "Equality, Integration, Disability and Human Rights (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order 2010". Irish Statute Book. 28 May 2010. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  15. "Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Alteration of Name of Department and Title of Minister) Order 2010". Irish Statute Book. 18 May 2010. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  16. "Equality, Integration, Disability and Human Rights (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order 2011". Irish Statute Book. 29 March 2011. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  17. "Irish Language, Gaeltacht and the Islands (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order 2011". Irish Statute Book. 5 April 2011. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  18. "Social Inclusion (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order 2011". Irish Statute Book. 5 April 2011. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  19. "Community Affairs (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order 2011". Irish Statute Book. 19 April 2011. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  20. "Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs (Alteration of Name of Department and Title of Minister) Order 2011". Irish Statute Book. 10 May 2011. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  21. "Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order 2011". Irish Statute Book. 10 May 2011. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  22. "Child Care (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order 2011". Irish Statute Book. 27 September 2011. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  23. "Remand Centres and Children Detention Schools (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order 2011". Irish Statute Book. 20 December 2011. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
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