Tuesday, 25 May 2021
Department of Education and Skills
Schools Building Projects
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]
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.