Ian Elliott

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The handling of a rape allegation in Scouting Ireland has been described as “deeply flawed” in an internal review conducted by Ian Elliott, who investigated child abuse cases within Catholic dioceses and religious orders. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The handling of a rape allegation involving a young female volunteer in Scouting Ireland has been described as “deeply flawed” in an internal review c(...)

Dr John Lawlor, Scouting Ireland chief executive, has agreed to appear before the Oireachtas committee on Children and Youth Affairs to answer questions on the organisations’ child protection standards. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

State funding for Scouting Ireland and similar voluntary bodies should be tied to reviews of child protection standards, chair of the Oireachtas commi(...)

A female scout leader claimed she had been raped by a male adult leader during a 2009 camp, when she was 18 years old. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

During six years leading the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland Ian Elliott investigated the church’s handling(...)

Scouts at Collins Barracks in 2008. A review found some directors of Scouting Ireland knew of the rape allegation against the man but did not inform others. File  photograph: Aidan Crawley

Scouting Ireland failed to question if a scout leader who had been accused of rape was fit to act as a volunteer before reinstating him, according to (...)

Chief scout Christy McCann: Scouting Ireland’s handling of a rape allegation from a camping trip in 2009 was “deeply flawed”, says a crisis management group.

The head of Scouting Ireland is standing for re-election this week despite calls from a high-level internal group for him to step down over the organi(...)

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone said  she ‘expects all groups supported by her department to meet every standard on protection and safety’. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A full report on child protection standards in Scouting Ireland is being sought by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone “as a mat(...)

Scouting Ireland: “The safety and protection of all our members and volunteers is of paramount importance to us.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley

On January 13th, 2018, the directors of Scouting Ireland were given an hour to read a highly critical report on the organisation, one that found its h(...)

Scouting Ireland members in the National Museum: Ian Elliott’s “examination of past practice” brought “to light areas of bad management and wrongdoing”. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Scouting Ireland’s handling of a rape allegation during a camping trip eight years ago was “deeply flawed”, according to a confidential report. In a(...)

The publication of the final tranche of current reviews by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland has tended t(...)

Pope Francis arrives for the opening of the Synod on the themes of family in Vatican City. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

In his former life, Pope Francis was noted for his openness to people of all faiths and of none. In 2011, he said “dialogue is born from an attitude o(...)

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