DCYA Press Release - Minister Zappone response to RTÉ investigation into crèche failings

 

 

DCYA Press Release - Minister Zappone response to RTÉ investigation into crèche failings

Thursday 25th July 2019

Speaking in the wake of yesterday evening’s RTÉ Investigates programme Behind Closed Doors, Minister Zappone expressed her shock and anger at the mistreatment of children in the crèches investigated.

Commenting on the undercover footage, Minister Zappone said, “I was appalled and horrified. I share parents’ distress at seeing young children being subjected to such abhorrent behaviour. I am disgusted by what I saw.”

Minister Zappone acknowledged that many parents who saw the programme will be worried for their own children who attend crèches. However, she assured parents that a number of authoritative and independent sources have assured her that the vast majority of services meet required standards.

She also expressed her confidence in Tusla, the independent regulator of these services, and gave assurance that Tusla has been taking robust action to address the poor standards and management failings in the crèches that were focus of the RTÉ Investigates programme.  However, the evidence presented last night was new and not available to the Inspectors up to now. She acknowledged that Tusla has closed 5 services in the last 18 months and is at advanced stages of enforcement process with many others. Evidence such as that gathered by RTÉ or provided by parents and staff can assist Tusla with its enforcement procedures.

Tusla has inspected the crèches covered in the RTÉ programme a number of times under the new Regulations that came into force in 2016. Whenever it has identified failings, it has required changes. Tusla has been actively pursuing enforcement actions in relation to the services. Tusla took one of the services to Court earlier this year for operating without registration. The service is now registered with conditions, which Tusla continues to actively monitor.

While stressing that mistreatment of children is never acceptable, Minister Zappone cautioned that due process must be followed in all Tusla’s investigations. This is ultimately to protect children and ensure that justice is served.

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