Tusla has said it accepts that improvements are needed in some areas of services for children living in direct provision.
It comes after HIQA said it has grave concerns about the high number of children living in direct provision, who have been referred to the Child and Family Agency.
The watchdog added around 14% of the population of children living in these centres were referred to the Child and Family Agency in one year, compared to 1.6% for the general child population.
In a statement this afternoon, Chief Executive of Tusla Gordon Jeyes has said his Chief Operations Officer is now overseeing a rapid improvement programme which involves deploying temporary additional resources to deal with any backlog.
“This will involve deploying temporary additional management and practice capacity to deal with any backlog of referrals and to ensure that new referrals are dealt with in an appropriate, proportionate and timely manner,” said Jeyes.
“An Action Plan has been prepared and will be submitted to HIQA in response to the Report in the coming days.”