Written answers

Thursday, 31 March 2022

Department of Education and Skills

National Educational Psychological Service

Photo of David CullinaneDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein)
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280. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills her plans to provide additional funding for training of educational psychologists; if her attention has been drawn to the discrepancy between training for educational psychologists and clinical psychologists with the latter receiving a substantial payment of college fees by the HSE; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [17256/22]

Photo of Norma FoleyNorma Foley (Kerry, Fianna Fail)
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Funding for training of educational psychologists is a matter for my colleague the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science.

I greatly value the role fulfilled by educational psychologists in my Department including their role relating to wellbeing, inclusion and supporting children with special educational needs. My Department currently employs c. 221 Educational Psychologists located across the country in 23 regional offices, providing a school-based service. I am aware of the issue raised by the Deputy and have asked my officials to engage with DFHERIS to progress this matter.


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