New child protection service for migrant families launched

10 Jun 2014

The by Órla Ryan

A NEW SUPPORT service has been launched to help migrant families in Ireland.

The Migrant Family Support Service aims to offer practical advice to migrant families and foster parents of migrant children.

The service is backed by the New Communities Partnership and run by a team of trained multi-lingual, multi-faith staff and volunteers.

The initiative currently has drop-in-clinics in Dublin and Cork.

Speaking at the launch in Dublin today, Gordon Jeyes, Chief Executive of Tusla – the Child and Family Agency, said he was “deeply conscious of the cultural adjustments required to fit ethnic, religious or social norms”.

In addition to supporting migrant families, the new service will help frontline professionals to deliver child protection interventions.

Jeyes said that 200 of Tulsa’s 1,200 frontline social workers will undergo cultural sensitivity training this year.

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