Northern Ireland: children’s services a priority in pandemic, says minister

20 November 2020

Health minister Robin Swann has outlined the Department of Health’s plans to give children the care they need during the Covid-19 crisis.

The minister said he was ‘acutely aware’ that the pandemic and the measures required to control its spread ‘have brought increased pressure to children and families in Northern Ireland’.

He said ‘the Department of Health has put in place a range of measures to ensure that children’s services can continue to operate effectively.’

These measures have included changing legislation so social workers can deliver services in different ways, and extra funding to support children’s social services and foster carers.

The Department has also progressed initiatives that will benefit children and families in the longer term, he said, including a looked-after children strategy.