Role of CCTV in Protecting Children in Creches Needs to be Examined

I have called for the greater governance of creches as well as the measured use of CCTV in creche facilities, following questioning of Tusla and Department of Children and Youth Affairs officials at an Oireachtas Committee this morning.

Today I, along with my colleagues, questioned Department of Children & Youth Affairs officials and Tusla management regarding the shocking revelations detailed on Prime Time Investigates last week.

We must improve a number of aspects of governance of early childcare facilities and this will require in part, new legislation from the Oireachtas.

I believe that we need to seriously consider the role of CCTV in creches. Let me be clear, I do not suggest that CCTV be in sensitive areas of creche facilities, however introducing it to communal areas will provide assurance to parents and a deterrent to any corners being cut. In fact, this is already carried out in some creches.

Parents need all the assurance they can that the care being given to their children is of the highest standard.

I believe that any move in this direction should be done with consultation of parents and with guidelines from the Department of Children & Youth Affairs for service providers.”

Such a system will need to be designed with the greatest care of children in mind to avoid any unintended consequences and be fully compliant with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

This method of CCTV is used in organisations that deal with less sensitive issues, surely we can recognise that our children deserve every protection and I would recommend that we consider CCTV as another tool in ensuring children receive first rate care.

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