Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (1701)

Anne Rabbitte


1701. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if, in the event of a service being removed from the early years register, there are consequences for other services operated by the same service provider. [36372/19]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

In the event of a service being removed from the register, under its powers as set out in Section 58D of the Child Care Act 1991 (as amended) the statutory regulator (Tusla) de-registers the registered provider and their registered company, if applicable, in relation to that service. In effect, therefore, Tusla may remove a single service from the register. However, depending on the nature of the reason for deregistration, Tusla may take this factor into account when considering whether further enforcement actions - up to and including the possibility of prosecution - might be necessary in relation to any other services who have the same registered provider. In cases where a registered provider is convicted of an offence under that Part of the Child Care Act 1991, or of an offence that in Tusla's opinions renders such person unfit to carry on an early years service, Tusla shall remove the registered provider from the register, thus impacting on all services for which that person is a registered provider. In such a case, Tusla shall also refuse to register any new services for that person.