Thursday, 15 October 2020
Department of Children and Youth Affairs
226. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if a group can be considered a youth work organisation under the terms of a plan (details supplied) and be approved to operate under the pandemic-related restrictions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30744/20]
The Guidance for Youth Organisations Resuming Full Services document to which the Deputy refers to is designed to provide guidance for youth organisations funded by my Department. This guidance was prepared in the broader context of the Government’s Resilience & Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19, and the Return to Work Safely Protocoldocuments. It should be read alongside those documents, and any future Government advice in relation to COVID-19.
The guidance is high level and an organisation should prepare its own organisational plans for each level, in line with this guidance. These organisational plans should be informed by each organisation’s individual circumstances, in keeping with its accountability and governance structures. Organisations should apply a sensible approach, cognisant of the developing public health situation.