Written answers

Thursday, 12 May 2022

Department of Education and Skills

Special Educational Needs

Photo of Bernard DurkanBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael)
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266. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the current position in regard to the assessment of special needs in the case of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24097/22]

Photo of Josepha MadiganJosepha Madigan (Dublin Rathdown, Fine Gael)
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An Assessment of Need is a service provided by the Health Service Executive (HSE) for children or young people with a disability. The assessment identifies the child's health needs and what health services are needed to meet the child’s needs.

Matters in relation to the provision of health-related services and the assessment of need process should be directed to the HSE or to the Department of Health.

Following a recent High Court ruling in October 2021 there is now a requirement on the education system to provide an assessment of Education Needs as part of the Assessment of Need Process.

The Department is considering its implications. The Department are working with the Department of Health, the NCSE and the HSE and taking legal advice. Officials in my Department are continuing to work through proposals to address the implications.

Any queries in relation to applications should be addressed direct to the HSE.

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