Child Policy and Tusla Governance Division is responsible for policy and legislative developments relating to child welfare and protection, alternative care, the development of guardian ad litem national service and related issues of children's rights. It also has responsibility for DCYA oversight of Tusla governance and performance, and support to Tusla including cross-government assistance for the development of programmes. The latter work encompasses parenting support, the Area Based Childhood Programme (ABC), early intervention programmes and educational welfare services.
The Division also has responsibility for leading cross-government working in respect of children’s services through oversight of the implementation of Better Outcomes Brighter Futures and the development of the Children and Young People’s Services Committees (CYPSC) inter-agency structures. It leads a number of other cross-departmental initiatives including cross-government co-ordination of policy direction and activity relating to parenting support policy.