The Sections of the EPSEN Act which have not been implemented are those which would have conferred a statutory entitlement to – – an. Educational Needs Act 2. Section. Planning for future education needs. Implementation of relevant education policy by health. EPSEN Act: is the Education of Persons with Special Education Needs Act Among other things EPSEN provides for assessments and.

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I know that Deputy Wallace lives not too far from Marino College, which is just down the road where I have sometimes met him. There has therefore been a substantial increase in resources for this area. There may be challenges in this area for the system.

That has been piloted successfully and I am confident it will introduce both a better and a fairer way of allocating resources to support children with special needs and ensure that they are able to follow an individual pupil plan within the school.

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This will help schools to implement the new approach. Clearly, the whole-school approach is the best model that has been based on the NCSE’s experience. At present, all schools are encouraged to use education plans.

Will the Minister clarify that point? The SNA works with a child or a number of children who has significant care needs.

Many of these children did not get as much care and attention as they deserved to get in earlier years. Citing financial constraints, the current Government’s aim is to implement some of the ideas in the Act through various policy changes on a non-statutory level.


As the Minister knows, Ireland has been criticised by international human rights watchdogs, such as the UN Committee on Social, Economic and Cultural Rights, for our non-implementation of the Act. Does the Minister agree that at present there is no road map for the policy change, which makes it nearly impossible to have a joined-up, systematic approach to the implementation of these policies, which was the whole idea of the Act in the first place?

See our factsheet on Section 29 Appeals at this link. They have fought tooth and nail to get a fair deal. Read 1 more comment Add your comment. It reflects our commitment as a Government to help children with special educational needs to fulfil their potential. These care needs may be as a result of a disability or medical condition.

Does this answer the above question? It will direct more of the resources to children with special needs, which is a reform.

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This is based upon NCSE policy advice. More details can be found here http: Where a school does not provide July provision a child can avail of 40 hours of home based tuition. Still no sign of anything happening! NEPS psychologists work with primary and secondary students.

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The parents I know who have children with special needs are involved in a phenomenal amount of work to make it happen.

For details see http: Individually In context Oireachtas source I accept that there have been increases in the last couple of budgets but the cuts were so severe in the previous ones that it has definitely resulted in some poor outcomes for many children with disabilities.


The roll-out of the National Epeen Psychological Service, the well-being programme in the junior cycle and the restoration of guidance counselling are all part of an approach to try to put sct emphasis on the mental health of young people in schools as well. As the Deputy is aware, I have announced the details of that new model which are being implemented from September this year.

Deputy Wallace is right to point out that complex challenges arise in the mental health area. We acg instituted an inclusion support service through the National Council for Special Education. There does not seem to be a clear policy on the entitlement of children with special educational needs to education.


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Care needs may include assistance with eating, taking medicine, toileting, hygiene, managing seizures, and moving a student with mobility needs. A child with a disability can avail of the ECCE year over 2 years part-time. The changes are definitely welcome. All children, including children with disabilities can avail of this scheme depending on age. Individually In context Oireachtas source Thirteen years after the enactment of the Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs Act, several key provisions of the legislation remain unimplemented.

The SNA does not teach the child. See our fact sheet on July provision at this link Home epsrn This is another significant barrier that needs to be addressed.