481. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 601 of 17 April 2018, if the nature and extent of sexual violence against those in State care will be included in the scope of the review; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24647/18]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy is aware, the Cabinet Committee on Social Policy and Public Service Reform agreed to establish a scoping group to consider the availability of data and make recommendations on a study to identify the prevalence of sexual abuse and violence in Ireland today and emerging trends. The terms of reference for the group are published on my Department's website. The group met for the final time on 9 April and have completed their report and submitted it to my Department for consideration. A number of technical issues are being considered by my Department prior to the report being considered by Government. Once the report has been examined and subsequently considered by Government it will be possible to be more specific about its recommendations. Significant progress has been made and I expect to bring proposals to Government in relation to this matter shortly.