Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Questions (561)

Anne Rabbitte


561. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of instances of unsolicited information having been received by Tusla that were rated as critical or high; the number of these triggered an inspection by county, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [39473/19]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

All unsolicited information received by Tusla is risk rated as low, medium, high or critical.  The risk rating and other available information will determine the response.  In the case of high and critical ratings an immediate inspection may be triggered or other proportionate regulatory responses may occur.

It is not possible to provide the requested figures as to do so could result in the identification of specific services engaged in ongoing inspection and/or enforcement proceedings with Tusla.

It is important as the Independent statutory regulator for the Early Learning and Care sector that Tusla exercises its regulatory powers to respond to continuous and serious breaches of regulations within its remit while respecting fair procedures and natural justice.