Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health

Workforce Planning in the Mental Healthcare Sector: Discussion

Photo of Bernard DurkanBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

How does the service become aware when children need attention? Do the referrals come from school medical examinations? Are they from reports from An Garda Síochána or some other source? Some time ago, I asked a parliamentary question on the number of children aged between eight and 13 years who had attended at emergency departments having self-harmed or attempted to do so, and did so repeatedly. How do these cases come to the attention of the service and can the service provide the necessary attention?


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