Tusla is planning to improve services at an open residential centre in Tipperary.
The Child and Family Agency says the planned developments will align services at St Joseph’s School near Clonmel with the identified needs of children and young people.
Tusla has agreed plans to develop services provided to young people in St Joseph’s School, Ferryhouse into a more current and suitable setting.
They aim to ensure that the services are of a high quality and based on the identified needs of children and young people in the region, while holding true to the site’s long history in the local community.
In collaboration with HIQA, Tusla has identified a number of areas for improvements in St Joseph’s School.
The developments will include current residents being relocated, and new independent centres being opened.
These planned developments are expected to take in the region of two to three years.
Donal McCormack – who is Acting National Service Director of Residential Childcare Services with Tusla – says every effort will be made to minimise the impact of developments on the local community.
St Joseph’s School at Ferryhouse on the outskirts of Clonmel was founded in 1884.
It has undergone many changes throughout its history, transferring from the Rosminian Order, to the Department of Education, to the HSE and finally in 2013 to Tusla.