The Sections of the EPSEN Act which have not been implemented are those which would have conferred a statutory entitlement to – – an. Educational Needs Act 2. Section. Planning for future education needs. Implementation of relevant education policy by health. EPSEN Act: is the Education of Persons with Special Education Needs Act Among other things EPSEN provides for assessments and.

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This is another significant barrier that needs to be addressed. My Department’s inspectorate’s advice is that the majority of schools are now using some form of individual education planning for children with special needs. Individually In context Oireachtas source Thirteen years after the enactment of the Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs Act, several key provisions of the legislation remain unimplemented.

Special needs education

It will not require them to have expensive diagnostic assessments that are often difficult for parents to obtain. The parents I know who have children with special needs are involved in a phenomenal amount of spsen to make it happen. That will be in the context of a whole school and not solely an individualisation approach. I wish to draw the attention of the Minister to another point. The idea is that all atc involved in the provision of education to a child with special needs would work in a joined up way.


For details of changes see http: They work with schools, parents and the child to identify educational needs. We now have 12, teachers providing resource or learning support, plus 12, special needs assistants. Does the Minister agree that at present there is no road map for the policy change, which makes it nearly impossible to have a joined-up, systematic approach to the implementation of these policies, which was the whole idea of the Act in the first place?

Substantial investment is ongoing. They must struggle to get a fair deal for their children.

Special Needs Education

As the Minister knows, Ireland has been criticised by international human rights watchdogs, such as the UN Committee on Social, Economic and Cultural Rights, for our non-implementation of the Act. Where a child is expelled from school or refused a place in a school the parent can appeal this decision.

Mick Wallace Wexford, Independent Link to this: Many children with special needs, especially those moving into later teen years, face mental health challenges. See our factsheet on Section 29 Appeals at this link.

For details see http: As the Deputy is aware, I have announced the details of that new model which are being implemented from September this year. These children spsen also access SNA support.

Citing financial constraints, the current Government’s aim is to implement some of the ideas in the Act through various policy changes on a non-statutory level. The SNA works with a child or a number of children who has significant care needs.


Where a school does epaen provide July provision a child can avail of 40 hours of home based tuition. Was he suggesting that resources are greater now than in ? Other Questions Special Educational Needs. There has therefore been a substantial increase in resources for this area. At present, all schools are encouraged to use education plans.

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That is why we are introducing a parents charter Bill, the heads of which will go to the committee for evaluation. This area was not subject to cutbacks. At present, resources are allocated based mainly upon diagnosis.

Pre-school children with autism can also avail of Home Tuition if no pre-school place is available to them. This must be verified by a SENO. Does this answer the above question? If a pre-school or school place is available Home Tuition will be discontinued. While awaiting the full implementation of the EPSEN Act, the NCSE has published a number of policy advice papers which make recommendations aimed at developing a better or more effective alternative to the current resource allocation model, and which aims to move the system towards ultimate implementation of the EPSEN Act.

The SNA does not teach the child. Will the Minister clarify that point?