Written answers

Tuesday, 25 May 2021

Department of Education and Skills

Schools Building Projects

Photo of Cormac DevlinCormac Devlin (Dún Laoghaire, Fianna Fail)
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340. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the basis for the new school design guide for sanitary facilities (details supplied); the steps that have been taken to consult with stakeholders including schools, students, parents and NGOs in relation to the new policy; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [27668/21]

Photo of Norma FoleyNorma Foley (Kerry, Fianna Fail)
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Since the introduction of TGD-021-2 and TGD 021-3 in April 2014, the Department has undertaken a significant review exercise. During this consultation period, a number of stakeholders requested guidance regarding gender neutral sanitary facilities.

The Inspectorate Division of the Department of Education reviewed the proposals contained within SDG-02-06, offering experienced views and comments on the guidance document throughout its development. The Inspectorate reviewed the proposal subsequent to the workshops and presentations undertaken at Professional & Technical working group level, and Department of Education management level.

The proposals were based on a detailed study of international best practice and codes of practice. It should also be noted that the designation of each sanitary facility within a school as gender specific or neutral is a matter for the School authority and should be based on consultation with relevant stakeholders including the School community.


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