71 Meath schools have no access to NEPS Psychologist – Tóibín
Sinn Féin for Meath West Peadar Tóibín TD has highlighted the alarming lack of psychologists from the National Educational Psychologist Service (NEPS) due to staffing vacancies.
Last week, in response to a parliamentary questioned tabled by Sinn Féin Education spokesperson, Carol Nolan TD, Minister Bruton confirmed that there were currently 71 schools in Meath with no access to this service.
An Teachta Tóibín said:
“There is an alarming lack of psychological services for Meath schools. NEPS psychologists offer assessments to children, which are often the springboard from which additional services and supports may be obtained.
“Psychological support services are vital in allowing children the means to fulfil their educational potential and maximise their wellbeing. Due to the huge shortfall of NEPS psychologists, many parents are even paying privately for assessments to be carried out.
“The Minister for Education has a responsibility to ensure that the recruitment process for NEPS psychologists can be carried out in a timely manner.
“Sinn Féin’s Alternative Budget outlined how we would allow for the recruitment of 43 additional psychologists and the provision of additional administrative support to enhance capacity. Our children’s education and psychological wellbeing is of prime importance.”