Thursday, 1 February 2018

Ceisteanna (303)

Clare Daly

Ceist:

303. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the timeframe for the implementation of a secure, encrypted, online submission facility for Tusla referrals in view of the fact that at present all Tusla referral forms must be printed off and completed manually by the referrer in order to be submitted. [5225/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Children)

I am pleased to confirm to the Deputy that Tusla’s online portal for the receipt of mandated reports is live. Mandated reporters can go online, via the Tusla website, register, and are then in a position to submit reports directly to Tusla via the portal.  I have been assured that data protection issues have been fully addressed, and that Tusla have consulted with the Data Protection Commissioner in relation to fully protecting this sensitive information. 

The portal is an efficient and accessible way of ensuring that reports of child abuse can be generated as efficiently as possible, including all the relevant information, and can be sent without delay to Tusla.