Tusla - Ireland's Child & Family Agency

Tusla Helpline Set Up following Publication of Dr Geoffrey Shannon’s Report: ‘Independent Review of the Handling of Past Complaints of Abuse in St John Ambulance Service’

The publication of Dr Geoffrey Shannon’s report “Independent Review of the Handling of Past Complaints of Abuse in ST John Ambulance Service”, marks a significant milestone in the journey of those affected by the contents of the report. 

Speaking about the report, Kate Duggan, CEO (Interim), Tusla said: “Today is an important and emotive day for those affected by the contents of this report. We are acutely aware that many people may experience trauma and upset. We are committed to supporting those affected, and anyone who wishes to raise a concern following today’s publication.”

Tusla has established a dedicated reporting helpline (045 839375) to support any individual who has a current or historical child protection concern in relation to St John Ambulance Service.

We recognise that this report may cause distress for many people and therefore this helpline will be available over the St Patrick’s Day Bank Holiday weekend, Friday 17th to Sunday 19th March from 9am and 5pm and will continue during normal business hours in the weeks ahead.

As this is an independent report, it would not have been appropriate for the Agency to have received a copy of the report in advance of publication, or before issuing to victims. We are currently reviewing the report and will follow up accordingly with St John Ambulance if any current or retrospective child protection issues are identified in the report.”

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