Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (982)

Anne Rabbitte

Question:

982. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the date on which a report by a person (details supplied) will be furnished to her Department; if the report will be made public; if her Department has been involved in the creation of the report; if her attention has been drawn to the number of cases being investigated by the person for the report; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44390/19]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

The Deputy will be aware that the individual in question has undertaken, or is undertaking, a number of projects for the commissioning organisation.

In August 2012 a full review was undertaken of all files relating to cases involving the inappropriate actions of adult volunteers in the specified organisations. The files related to child abuse and many other behavioural issues with adult volunteers of the time.

The purpose of this review was to look at each file to ensure there was no volunteer currently active in the commissioning organisation was named in a legacy files. A secondary objective was to ensure that where there was a reportable offence that all necessary reporting had been done by the legacy organisation.

No volunteers active in the commissioning organisation in 2012 were found to be named in the legacy files. It was unclear from five files as to whether incidents had been reported to the relevant authorities and the commissioning organisation brought these files to the attention of An Garda Síochána.

A second report into historical child sex abuse in the commissioning organisation in Ireland is currently being completed by the individual in question on behalf of the commissioning organisation. The purpose of this report is to set out the evidence which has emerged in recent times, the actions taken by the organisations and the learnings as it seeks to continuously improve its safeguarding. This report is due in February 2020.

This work is commissioned by, and provided to, the commissioning body, and while an integral part of this process is to keep my Department informed of ongoing developments, my Department is not involved in the creation of the reports.