Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Questions (598)

Clare Daly

Question:

598. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs further to Parliamentary Question No. 519 of 5 March 2019, if the reason she did not seek a copy of the report in question was due to the fact that she was informed by Tusla that it was an internal management report; and the circumstances in which Tusla informed her of same. [11940/19]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

I can confirm to the Deputy that the primary reason that I did not seek a copy of the report in question was that I was informed by Tusla that it was an internal management report.

I received correspondence from the sub-committee of the Board of Tusla, which indicated that the report was to review management, structures and processes in the Midlands. I was informed that this report was not intended for publication. I had separately sought assurances as to the improvements implemented by Tusla to address issues in the Midlands and have outlined these in previous correspondence with the Deputy in November 2018.

There are a number of reasons why I may or may not seek a report from an agency under my remit. I continue to seek assurances from Tusla and other statutory bodies through regular engagement on routine and specific matters. Such assurances are supported by information from a number of sources including performance data, reports and engagement with key stakeholders.

The Deputy will be aware that I have sought written clarification from Tusla in relation to a number of matters regarding the report, and will also be part of an investigation which is being overseen by a sub-committee of the Board of Tusla.