Wednesday, 10 July 2019
Department of Children and Youth Affairs
Child and Family Agency
353. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the training and information provided for Tusla to enable it to recognise and support a child who has or potentially has ME; the difference between school phobia or school avoidance and the physiological presentation of ME; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [30205/19]
355. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the training and information provided to schools to enable them to recognise and support a child who has or potentially has ME (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [30213/19]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 353 and 355 together.
I wish to advise the Deputy that Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, does not have a role in the diagnosis of medical conditions. Where a child is in the care of Tusla, the Agency will work to source any required supports to meet the child's identified needs, in collaboration with other bodies such as the HSE.
I am not in a position to comment on the training provided to schools. Matters relating to schooling are more appropriate for my colleague, the Minister for Education and Skills.