NEWB to be merged into the Child and Family Support Agency (CFSA)
The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Ms Frances Fitzgerald T.D., has informed the National Educational Welfare Board (NEWB) that the Government has decided to proceed with the drafting of a Bill to establish the Child and Family Support Agency (CFSA). The Board is advised that the new Agency ‘will have service responsibility for….. the National Educational Welfare Board which…currently operates as a separate body under the Department of Children and Family Affairs and will be merged into the new Agency’. Therefore the functions currently within the remit of the NEWB will be merged into the new agency upon establishment in early 2013.
Separately, the Chairperson of the Board, Ms Nuala Doherty, has been advised by the Minister that the strategic vision of the Board with regard to educational welfare “will be carried through and enhanced with the new organisation arrangements”. The Board welcomes this commitment.
The new agency will take on the Board’s remit for a single strategic approach to attendance, participation and retention. The NEWB retains the responsibility for the continued development and implementation of the single strategic approach reflected in the practice model, ‘One Child, One Team, One Plan’. The development and implementation of our single strategic approach is well in train and a detailed consultation process is underway.
Further updates with regard to the establishment of the new Agency and the NEWB’s transition arrangements will be communicated as appropriate.