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. Pat Smyth:

It is, in terms of the funding piece, but the role of Tusla is about child protection and the implementation of Children First. The Department has an ongoing process with Scouting Ireland. The Department funds Scouting Ireland directly and that is the engagement it has. As we said this morning, from Tusla's perspective we have set out to ensure that Scouting Ireland's procedures, policy and practices are compliant and sufficient to assure everybody that, as with other organisations, children are safe.