Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Wednesday, 4 December 2019
Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs
Governance Issues in Scouting Ireland: Discussion
Mr. Gearóid Begley:
In this jurisdiction the Criminal Justice (Withholding of Information on Offences Against Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012 covers that. There is a Schedule to that Act which says if a disclosure on those particular offences is received, there is an obligation to report it to the State agency, namely An Garda Síochána in this jurisdiction. There are offences that lie outside the Act and there are occasions when we get a disclosure which amounts to a criminal offence and which we report to An Garda Síochána that is not under the Schedule to the Act because we think it is appropriate to do so. Our function in Scouting Ireland is not to investigate and make decisions on such matters. There could be a situation where there is a disclosure about a child.