Social Affairs

Tusla struggles to stem tide of staff departures

The state’s child and family agency has experienced a large increase in the number of social workers resigning their permanent jobs

Bernard Gloster: Tusla chief executive recently said the agency was down 150 social workers on its previous numbers due to the departure of staff. Picture: Fergal Phillips

The state’s child and family agency is now losing more social workers than it is recruiting, due to staff taking up other jobs elsewhere.

The role of a social worker with Tusla is extremely challenging, due to the need to deal with around 73,000 reports of suspected child abuse every year, with most of them relating to neglect, emotional abuse and physical abuse.

The agency employs around 1,600 social workers, but has experienced a large ...