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. Adrian Tennant:

I apologise if I came across incorrectly but the point I was making was in regard to our practice, about which I am passionate, and it probably came across as something different. I am very passionate about the practice that we, as volunteers, do the length and breadth of this country. I fully agree with the Deputy's point of clarification on what was said by the Tusla representatives and getting our mission statement right in respect of child safeguarding statement. That is extremely important. It is the foundation for everything else we do. My point, as a volunteer supporting my fellow volunteers, is that we operate under our current guidelines in Scouting Ireland and we do that to a T. We are called volunteers but I have to say we do it to a very professional level. It was not an attempt to throw my fellow volunteers under the bus. It was my attempt at protecting our volunteers and letting this committee and everyone else know that what we do is done with the best of intentions and always putting the child at the heart of everything.