Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Ceisteanna (425)

Clare Daly


425. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs her plans to enable parents to access Garda vetting for childminders to work with children as distinct from applications being taken only from organisations; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [22540/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Children)

Garda vetting in Ireland is governed by the Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 to 2016 which fall under the remit of my colleague the Minister of Justice and Equality. These Acts set out in detail the range of persons/activities to which vetting applies.

With regard the Deputy's specific query around childminders, my Department is currently finalising a Childminding Action Plan which will set out steps to move incrementally towards wider regulation, support and professional development of childminders, and will aim at extending National Childcare Scheme subsidies to them, thus improving access to high quality and subsidised childminding services. This Plan will include considerations in relation to Garda vetting requirements. Officials from my Department are currently liaising with officials from the Department of Justice and Equality in the context of these plans.