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Written Answers. - Child Abuse.

Wednesday, 6 February 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 547 No. 4

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 205. Mr. Shatter Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter  asked the Minister for Education and Science Information on Michael Woods Zoom on Michael Woods  if a North-South child protection working group has been established to consider the issue of child abuse; if so, the terms of reference of the group; the work being undertaken by the group; and the names of those appointed to the group. [3824/02]

Minister for Education and Science (Dr. Woods): Information on Michael Woods Zoom on Michael Woods A working group to consider the issue of child protection has been established under the auspices of the North-South Ministerial Council, education sector.

The terms of reference of the group are: to develop proposals, in consultation, as necessary, with other British and Irish Government Depart[1649] ments and to establish a confidential mechanism across both islands for the reciprocal identification of people who are considered to be unsuitable to work with children and young people.

The following members have been appointed and are serving on the group:

   
Tom Boland Department of Education & Science
Paul Kennedy Department of Education & Science
Tony Dalton Department of Education & Science
John Kelly Department of Education & Science
Gerard Hughes Department of Health & Children
Christine Jendoubi Ireland
June Ingram Ireland
Maurice Croxier NEELB
Sean McGuickin Ireland

It is expected that the group will provide me with detailed proposals early this year.


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