Written answers

Wednesday, 17 May 2023

Department of Justice and Equality

Prison Service

Photo of Mark WardMark Ward (Dublin Mid West, Sinn Fein)
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159. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of people within the prison population who have foetal alcohol spectrum disorder; the awareness training for staff in relation to foetal alcohol spectrum disorder; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23260/23]

Photo of Simon HarrisSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael)
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I am advised that the Prison Services Psychology Service would complete an assessment for Foetal Alcohol Spectrum if they had a concern about an individual's history and presentation.

The healthcare records of patients in the custody of the Irish Prison Service are recorded on an individual patient basis on the Prisoner Healthcare Management System (PHMS). Each Prisoner’s individual record is recorded in a narrative fashion and it is not possible to extract a global report from PHMS to product a summary of medical conditions or issues for which people have received medical treatment. 

While there is currently no awareness training in relation to Foetal Alcohol Spectrum available for staff of the Irish Prison Service, these matters are kept under continual review.


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