As outlined above, statutory responsibility for child protection rests with Tusla and An Garda Síochána. If a concern regarding the safety and welfare of a child is brought to the attention of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, we are obliged to refer this information to Tusla, or An Garda Síochána, or both.
The Department have no role in the assessment or investigation of any child protection concerns. However, the welfare of children is paramount and the Department have a duty to ensure any concerns or allegations are referred to Tusla or An Garda Síochána. We will refer any concerns or allegations in their entirety and without judgement.
The Act places additional obligations on providers of certain services to children.
As required by Section 27 of the Act, the Department has prepared a sectoral implementation plan and this is available to download from the link below.
While the Department has very limited direct interaction with children, in order to ensure we meet our obligations under the Act and under Children First Guidelines generally, we have also developed a Child Safeguarding Statement which can be downloaded from the link below.
Child Safeguarding Statement
This Statement details the relevant services provided by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport to children and the principles and procedures in place to ensure, as far as practicable, that a child availing of these services is safe from harm.