Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Questions (252)

Anne Rabbitte


252. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number and names of publicly funded organisations or institutions that Tusla is investigating following the receipt of disclosures of abuse; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25768/19]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

Tusla's remit is to assess and investigate reported incidents of child abuse. Where criminal matters are identified these are reported to the Gardaí for appropriate action.

The safety and welfare of children is everyone's responsibility and under the provisions of the Children First Act 2015, all suspected incidents of abuse must be reported. In all circumstances, where a concern regarding a volunteer or member of staff of an organisation is reported, the Tusla social work team should consider whether organisational or institutional abuse is a factor in the case.

I have asked Tusla to respond to the Deputy directly concerning publically funded organisations or institutions identified through referrals that have led to consideration or investigation of organisational abuse. I would note that, to ensure the confidentiality of any children involved, it may not be appropriate to provide the names of any such organisations.