Inclusion of foster carers in the State’s General Indemnity Scheme

Letter from Catherine Bond to Members

Dear Member,

I hope that you are enjoying the Halloween break and I look forward to seeing many of you at our conference in Limerick this coming weekend.

I am delighted to let you know that today an Order under the National Treasury Management Agency Acts has, today, been approved by Government to include foster carers within the State General Insurance Scheme.

The General Insurance Scheme operated by the State Claims Agency indemnifies a Delegated State Authority, its servants and/or agents in respect of any claims for personal injury and/or third-party property damage, arising from associated negligence. Whilst Tusla itself is a Delegated State Authority, the GIS did not extend to foster carers.

IFCA, on your behalf, has been actively advocating for the reinstatement of the GIS for foster carers for the past three years and we are delighted that the matter has finally been resolved. We are aware of the concerns of our members in not having been included in the GIS and our Board and I have worked tirelessly on your behalf to resolve this matter with the Minister and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

We acknowledge the work that the Minister and her Department officials have undertaken to bring this matter to fruition.

Yours sincerely

Catherine Bond

CEO

 

Letter from Minister to Catherine Bond

Ms Catherine Bond

Irish Foster Care Association
Unit 23
Village Green
Tallaght
Dublin 24
30th October, 2019


Re: Inclusion of foster carers in the State’s General Indemnity Scheme (GIS) and associated
Order for Government

Dear Catherine,
As you know, I have been working for some time to achieve the inclusion of foster carers in the
State’s General Indemnity Scheme.


Under the National Treasury Management Agency Acts, the management of personal injury and
third-party property damage claims against Delegated State Authorities (DSAs) and of underlying
risks is delegated to the National Treasury Management Agency / State Claims Agency (SCA).
The GIS operated by the SCA indemnifies a Delegated State Authority, its servants and/or agents
in respect of any claims for personal injury and/or third-party property damage, arising from
associated negligence. While Tusla itself is a Delegated State Authority, up until now, its GIS cover
did not extend to foster carers.

I am happy to confirm that work has now concluded to bring foster carers within the definition of
Delegated State Authority and, therefore, be covered under the GIS. To this end, an Order under
the National Treasury Management Agency Acts has, today, been approved by Government.
In this regard, I wish to wholeheartedly thank the Irish Foster Care Association and its members
for their patience in relation to this matter. I am very appreciative of the commitment of foster
carers to the support and development of children in their care.


It is a wonderful contribution to Irish society.
With kindest regards.
Yours sincerely,
_______________________
Dr. Katherine Zappone, T.D.
Minister for Children and Youth Affairs