Fine Gael TD for Dublin Fingal, Alan Farrell has called on Scouting Ireland to implement the recommendations of the Learning Review carried out by Mr. Ian Elliott, Independent Safeguarding Consultant.
Speaking following the publication of the review, Deputy Farrell, the outgoing Chair of the Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs said, “It is essential that Scouting Ireland embrace the recommendations set out in the report by Mr. Elliott and do so swiftly and with transparency.”
“The details laid out in the report make for very difficult reading and highlight the significant failings in safety and oversight procedures in the Scouting movement in Ireland in the past.”
Deputy Farrell continued, “Whilst I recognise that Scouting Ireland has taken measures to address the failings in their internal structure as identified by Mr Elliott, it is imperative that the organisation now urgently comply with the recommendations made in his report in an open, co-operative and effective manner.”
“Children are amongst the most vulnerable in our society and it is the duty of organisations working with children to provide the highest possible standard of care and safety. Sadly, this duty of care has not always been met in Irish society and given the knowledge we now possess, we must do everything we can to make sure we do not repeat the mistakes of the past.”
Deputy Farrell added, “I would also like to thank the survivors of abuse for having the courage to speak out and to so many members of the Scouting community who have been in touch with me since my appointment as Chair of the Committee. Their worry and suffering is immeasurable, and while we cannot erase their pain, through their bravery in speaking out, we can ensure that future generations of scouts across the island of Ireland are protected and encouraged to participate in a safe environment.”
“Mr Elliot and those who stepped forward to ensure a thorough investigation was completed, should be commended for their commitment to the cause of child protection.”