Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Ceisteanna (275)

Pearse Doherty

Ceist:

275. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 138 of 10 October 2019, when the report from the Garda authorities on the matter of An Garda Síochána ceasing to share information with Tusla due to differences of opinion on the protocols will be issued. [47750/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

I am informed that the Garda Síochána has not ceased or withdrawn from sharing information with Tusla.

Every day, on a national basis, there are numerous examples of information sharing between the agencies either through the medium of mandated reporting under the Children First Act 2015 or via the Children First guidelines 2017 which amounts to thousands of individual data sharing transactions annually. In addition, daily Children First Strategy meetings and Child Protection Conferences serve as other mechanisms for sharing of information.

The practice of sharing information is necessary and appropriate and this is the context for the Data Sharing Agreement which I understand is currently being considered at a senior level in both organisations.