Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs

Governance and Child Safeguarding Issues in Scouting Ireland: Tusla and Scouting Ireland

10:00 am

Mr. Jim Gibson:

The Deputy stated that two weeks would create a bit of space for people to establish communications and collaboration. There is a briefing note on the action plan and more detail will be agreed tomorrow. Point 6, on the adjustment to the action plan, was only agreed last night. It is a work in progress and we will define the interaction with Scouting Ireland, agreed on Thursday of last week. We will draw up a timetable and a methodology for reviewing and reflecting on the actions and for monitoring them going forward. One of the actions is to be achieved on 14 March. That is the way we do business. We now have an agreement on the six points and we will have a further engagement tomorrow to put in place a service improvement plan.

Deputy Rabbitte also asked what we did in the area of roles and responsibilities within Scouting Ireland. In the letter, we raised issues regarding Children First and safeguarding within the organisation. Scouting Ireland is working on those and has assured us that a safeguarding manager will be appointed this week.

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