47 Cork schools require access to National Educational Psychological Service – Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD
On the back of a Parliamentary Question submitted to Education Minister, Richard Bruton TD, it has been revealed that there are 47 schools in Cork with no access to the National Educational Psychological Service; Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire expressed his concern and called on the Minister to address this lack of vital supports for children in Cork schools.
Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire said;
"On 17th January, in response to a parliamentary question tabled by a Sinn Féin colleague Carol Nolan TD, the Education Minister confirmed that 47 schools across Cork do not currently have access to a NEPS psychologist.
"On Saturday 21st January the Irish Examiner carried a report which outlined that 1 in 6 primary schools across the State have no access to a NEPS psychologist.
"The NEPS psychologist is the first stage to a childs access to a wide range of services, interventions and supports, allowing them to tap into their potential and prosper in education. So to have 47 schools in Cork which do not have access to this service is not only quite worrying, but has the added effect of stymieing the futures of many.
"Additionally, NEPS psychologists play a crucial role within schools in the event of a critical incident, for example a tragic death or other traumatic event. In such an event the NEPS psychologist guides and advises school staff, who know the children well, to support and assist children and identify children who may require additional support.
“I have every intention of pursuing this matter further and will endeavour to identify the schools which do not have access. My party colleagues and I are calling on local and national services to do better, and for Minister Bruton and the Government as a whole to provide what is required. Such poor resources may put some children’s futures in jeopardy.”