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

Photo of Alan FarrellAlan Farrell (Dublin Fingal, Fine Gael)
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I made the point to Mr. Smyth that Scouting Ireland has been under extraordinary scrutiny. This committee has been involved for over a year, Mr. Elliott for longer and Dr. Lawlor for longer again. We all have various roles to play but I am referring to what we are trying to achieve collectively by way of service improvements, including the latest iteration in this regard, which is the service improvement plan. From Tusla's perspective, I am sure that will be broadened out. There is a commitment from Tusla to provide it to us in some form at a later stage.

There is just one aspect of the helpline that I wanted to address. I asked a question and received the answer that there was a single complaint made. We do not know the nature of the complaint or at least I do not know. It was obviously sufficiently serious for Tusla to include a reference to it in its recommendations. The staff of the helpline are effectively being vetted by way of a review of their qualifications, etc. I assume Mr. Elliott will be involved in that. What will the outcome of that be and what will be the position on confidence in the service? Perhaps I should have asked Tusla.