Ian Elliott

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John Butler, manager of the Portlick Scout Campsite near Athlone, preparing for more than 400 campers over the weekend. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

On Friday night, the first of more than 400 scouts were starting to pitch their tents for a large camping weekend in Portlick, outside of Athlone, Co (...)

Because of the concerns raised by the State’s child and family agency Tusla about the supervision and safety practices operated by Scouting Ireland, immediately action should be taken by that organisation to implement the recommended changes. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Public trust is an indispensable requirement for the successful operation of any voluntary organisation, particularly when the safety and wellbeing of(...)

Ian Elliott, interim safeguarding manager with Scouting Ireland, wrote to the Minister earlier this week seeking withdrawal of a letter from Tusla criticising the youth organisation

Scouting Ireland’s interim safeguarding manager Ian Elliott wrote to Minister for Children Katherine Zappone earlier this week seeking to have a lette(...)

Scouting Ireland’s training and conference centre at Larch Hill in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Scouting Ireland’s interim safeguarding manager Ian Elliott has defended current child protection standards in the organisation, after serious concern(...)

Scouting Ireland story

Up until now Scouting Ireland has kept its head above water, barely, on the defence that the historic abuse scandal engulfing the organisation related(...)

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone  said she shared the ‘huge concerns of parents about the safeguarding issues at Scouting Ireland’. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Scouting Ireland will receive an extra €220,000 in State funding this year to go towards child-protection improvements, Minister for Children Katherin(...)

Findings from the ongoing review, including indications that crimes were covered up, were outlined in a briefing note sent to Minister for Children Katherine Zappone. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A review of alleged historic child abuse at Scouting Ireland has indicated that files related to some cases went missing and that some scout leaders a(...)

Solicitor Daniel O’Connell says that all bar two of his scouting abuse clients were male, and most were aged between 45 and 60 years of age.  Photograph: Tom Honan

Accounts from 30 victims who allege they were molested as children by scout leaders paint a “graphic” picture of abuse, according to a lawyer represen(...)

A report in June concluded there was a ‘deeply rooted dysfunction’ at the top of the organisation, due to a lack of transparency, and a culture of ‘blind loyalty’ to certain senior figures.

Children were sexually abused by scout leaders on hikes in the woods, in tents on camping trips, and in local dens, according to statements from 30 al(...)

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone makes a statement on developments at Scouting Ireland, last September. Last year, Ms Zappone twice suspended Scouting Ireland’s funding over governance concerns at the organisation

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has committed to increasing Scouting Ireland’s State funding, to ensure safeguarding standards are properly re(...)

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