We also take part around issues relating to the needs of protection applicants with a multi-agency group that includes:
- the Department of Social Protection;
- the Department of Education;
- TUSLA (the child and family agency); and
- the Department of Justice’s Reception and Integration Agency (RIA).
This includes putting in place relevant health-related recommendations of the
Working Group to Report to Government on Improvements to the Protection Process, including Direct Provision and Supports to Asylum Seekers.
Department of Justice and Equality's National Standards for Accommodation
The Department of Justice and Equality has developed new National Standards for accommodation offered to people in the protection process. The standards are available here
The National Standards provide a framework for the continual development of person-centred, high-quality, safe and effective services and supports for residents living in accommodation centres. The purpose of the National Standards is to improve quality of care and ensure consistency across accommodation centres. The National Standards also provide residents with a guide as to what they should expect during their period of residence in an accommodation centre and will provide a framework for any future assessments, including inspections carried out by an independent inspectorate, to assess whether service providers are providing high-quality, safe and effective services and supports for residents.