Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Education and Skills

Quality and Qualifications Ireland

Photo of Robert TroyRobert Troy (Longford-Westmeath, Fianna Fail)
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179. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his Department is working to resolve issues in placement hours for social care students (details supplied). [5728/20]

Photo of Joe McHughJoe McHugh (Donegal, Fine Gael)
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Since the onset of the Covid-19 outbreak, significant work has been undertaken by a stakeholder group chaired by the Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) and including the representative bodies of education providers to address issues relating to the maintenance of the quality and standards of teaching and learning, assessment and qualifications. This group has focused on the implementation of alternative arrangements, where appropriate and necessary, to meet both these standards and, where applicable, the educational accreditation criteria established by Professional Recognition Bodies (PRBs).

In the case of Social Care, the awards standards established by QQI reflect the accreditation criteria that have been set out by CORU, Ireland's multi-profession Health and Social Care Regulator and consequently the relevant PRB for this profession. Engagement is ongoing between members of the stakeholders group, QQI and CORU to ensure that necessary arrangements are put in place to maintain standards of education and training in this area so that students graduate with the relevant professional competencies that have been set out by CORU and which are reflected in QQI’s award standards.

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