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
Mr. Pat Smyth:
That is a fair point. The version of the document that the committee has states in action No. 6 that Tusla has "requested that Scouting Ireland agree to an independent evaluation". Scouting Ireland has agreed to that. Actions Nos. 1 to 6, inclusive, therefore, are agreed between Tusla and Scouting Ireland.
Tusla's approach with Scouting Ireland has been one of offering support and information to ensure that its policies, procedures and practice meet its obligations and requirements with regard to child protection. It was and remains Tusla's intention that the matters raised with Scouting Ireland as part of this process will be dealt with between both organisations to ensure improvements to policies, procedures and practice will be made. Following a productive meeting with Scouting Ireland last Thursday, I am satisfied progress is being made towards addressing the concerns raised.