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:

There are two different parts to that. One is the major event, like the jamboree, where there are perhaps 6,000 young people involved on a particular site. If a jamboree is taking place, we will staff that jamboree, so we will have members of the safeguarding team who are available all of the time and who are advertised as being available to the young people on-site. That is a resource which is there. Where a large number of camps and trips are taking place, we obviously cannot do that, but they will all be accompanied by leaders who are all aware of how to contact us and speak to us. They will contact us and speak to us, and they will say, "This has happened. What do I do?", and so on. That is the way we work. It depends on what the camping trip actually is.