Tusla today published its annual report for 2016.
The report outlines Tusla’s activities in its third year of operation during which the agency recieved 47,399 referrals to child protection and welfare services - an increase of 9%.
At the end of 2016 there were 6,258 children in care and 1,880 young people in receipt of aftercare services.
"Significant progress was made in 2016 in key areas such as the establishment of Tusla’s transformation programme, significant reductions in unallocated cases, a focus on early intervention work across the country, and inspections of early years services," said Brian Lee, director of quality assurance with Tusla.
"The establishment of Tusla’s transformation programme in 2016 was a significant step which will help to enhance key areas across the organisation including governance, HR systems, and organisational culture.
"At the heart of this is the new child protection and welfare strategy which will assist staff when engaging with children and families."
Tusla’s Annual Report 2016 is available to read in full here: