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. Ian Elliott:

The meeting was initiated by us at the start of this process in November. It was an attempt on our part to bring An Garda Síochána and Tusla together with us so that we could actively review practices, co-operation and collaboration while also providing those agencies with an opportunity to tell us directly whether they needed something more from us or for us to do something differently, with us engaging on that. We got the letter on Friday, 22 February, and had the meeting on Monday, the next working day. I took the opportunity at that meeting of asking those present whether they had concerns, problems or difficulties with what we were doing and how we were doing it. In particular, I asked whether they had concerns regarding the quality of the response that was being made by Scouting Ireland's staff to those who had been contacting us.