Safety

This section of the website is to support parents and our members both current and past with queries they may have following the recent media coverage relating to Scouting Ireland.

Anyone who wishes to speak to one of our team, in confidence, may call our dedicated helpline 1800-221199 (Freephone) or email safeguarding@scouts.ie.

All of us involved in Scouting have been deeply saddened by the information which has come to light in recent days. 108 alleged victims have shared information with us concerning 71 alleged perpetrators who were active in our legacy organisations. It is important that we acknowledge the terrible wrongs of the past - the majority of these cases occurred between the 1960s and the 1980s and that we support those who are now speaking for the first time, some having lived with this heavy burden for many years. We have informed the relevant statutory authorities of alleged perpetrators still alive and will co-operate fully with any criminal investigations. It is important to reiterate that none of the alleged perpetrators are active in Scouting Ireland today. 

If you have a concern

Anyone who wishes to speak to one of our team, in confidence, may call our dedicated helpline 1 800 221199 (Freephone) or email safeguarding@scouts.ie. Every person coming forward with a complaint relating to sexual abuse is encouraged and supported in bringing their complaint to the relevant statutory authorities.   

We would encourage anyone who has been adversely affected by any recent items in the national press to talk to someone they trust. Please Click Here for more information including details of counseling services.

Keeping Young People Safe

We want to reassure all parents and all members of Scouting Ireland that this organisation is very different from the legacy organisations that merged to form Scouting Ireland in 2004.  Those organisations operated in different times, where mandatory reporting was not in place, and where society’s understanding and approach to safeguarding was not as we now understand it should be.  Like many organisations which operated in Ireland in the past, we have learnt from these mistakes.

Please Click Here for our Safeguarding FAQ

Please Click Here for our Code of Good Practice 

Victims Policy

Please Click Here for our Victims Policy

Safeguarding Statement

Please Click Here for the Scouting Ireland "Safety Statement"

Recent Information

STATEMENT TO MEMBERS 23/11/2018 - PLEASE CLICK HERE

STATEMENT TO THE OIREACHTAS COMMITTEE 21/11/2018 - PLEASE CLICK HERE 

Additional Information

Please click HERE for our existing “Scouting Safely” section of our Website

Please click HERE for our "Safeguarding Children and Young People" section of our Website

Please click HERE for our "Reporting Procedures"

Please click HERE for our previous "Statement" from March 2018