Ian Elliott

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Safeguarding expert Ian Elliott, who has been conducting the review into past abuse in the Scouting Ireland, said he expected the number of known victims to increase ‘quite considerably’.

A historic review of Scouting Ireland’s records has uncovered evidence of 108 alleged child sex abuse victims, and 71 alleged abusers believed to have(...)

The organisation said there has been “little interest” in the position of full-time safeguarding manager in a recent statement

Scouting Ireland has delayed recruiting a full-time safeguarding manager to oversee child protection due to funding difficulties following a controver(...)

In 2011, Ian Elliott and his team began reviews of child safeguarding in all Ireland’s 26 Catholic dioceses and at all of its religious congregations. File photograph Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

The Vatican could learn from how the Irish Catholic Church has addressed the clerical child sex abuse issue in parishes, dioceses and religious congre(...)

Pope Francis  in St Peter’s Square. Expert Ian Elliott says the pope’s record on child protection “has been a dismal failure”.  File photograph: L’Osservatore Romano/AP

Pope Francis’s record on child protection “has been a dismal failure” and “he needs to come [to Ireland] with a mindset that it’s not good enough to s(...)

Ian Elliott, safeguarding consultant and first chief executive of the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland.

The man who created child protection structures for the Catholic Church in Ireland would not do so again because of the resistance he encountered from(...)

Scouting Ireland: “The new governance structures, together with a new approach to safeguarding, will strengthen our organisation as we continue to serve young people across Ireland.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The membership of Scouting Ireland has overwhelmingly approved an overhaul of the organisation’s governance structures. Some 482 members voted to acc(...)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone appointed Jillian van Turnhout to review the governance of Scouting Ireland in May. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

A “dysfunctional” culture, a lack of transparency and a “deep distrust” between staff and the board of volunteers led to safeguarding failings in Scou(...)

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone suspended funding in April over Scouting Ireland’s handling of the rape allegation. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Safeguarding failings at Scouting Ireland are the symptoms of a “deeply rooted dysfunction” within the organisation’s culture, an expert report has fo(...)

The review of Scouting Ireland makes a number of recommendations which the Minister says must be implemented before full restoration of funding can be considered.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Scouting Ireland will have three-month’s worth of funding restored after the group said it would implement the recommendations of an independent revie(...)

Scouting Ireland estimates it has two months before funding runs out, after Minister for Children Katherine Zappone suspended  finance in April, following the organisation’s handling of a rape allegation.

Scouting Ireland has warned it will be forced to place all its 34 staff on protective notice in the coming days, as the organisation faces a funding c(...)

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