281. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the difficulties schools are experiencing owing to the deficiencies in the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012 and Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions and Certain Disclosures) Act 2016; if his attention has been further drawn to the practicalities of the employment of substitute special needs assistants in schools; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that these difficulties sometimes result in schools having no choice but to send pupils with special educational needs home due to the fact their welfare cannot be adequately protected; his plans with the Minister for Justice and Equality to address this legislative deficiency; the practical guidance he will provide to schools to address this issue pending the necessary amending legislation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14111/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018 - Special Educational Needs Service Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): In April 2016, my colleague, the Minister for Justice and Equality commenced the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 to 2016 (the Vetting Act) which put in place statutory requirements for the Garda vetting of persons involved in working with children and vulnerable persons.
The Vetting Act applies not just to schools but to any relevant organisation that employs, contracts, permits or places a person in r...

166. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Education and Skills if it is a constitutional right for a child to receive additional care and special support in a school with six children with learning difficulties. (Question 30884/17 asked on 04 Jul 2017 - Special Educational Needs Service Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Under the Constitution, the State provides for education and where the public good requires it, to provide other educational facilities or institutions rather than to provide education directly. The Education Act 1998, subject to the provisions of that Act, provides that there is made available to each person resident in the State a level and quality of education which is appropriate to meeting the needs and abilities of that person. 
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121. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will confirm the special needs assistants hours for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 32867/16 asked on 02 Nov 2016 - Special Educational Needs Service Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The National Council for Special Education (NCSE), which is an independent statutory agency, is responsible, through its network of Special Educational Needs Organisers (SENOs), for processing applications from schools for special educational needs supports, including S support.
The NCSE allocates S support to schools in accordance with the criteria set out in my Department’s Circular 0030/2014, which is available on my Department’s webs...

182. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide a full-time special needs assistant for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19241/16 asked on 05 Jul 2016 - Special Educational Needs Service Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I wish to advise the Deputy that the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) through its network of local Special Educational Needs Organisers (SENOs) is responsible for processing applications from schools for special needs assistants (SNA) supports. The NCSE operates within my Department’s criteria in making recommendations for support, which are set out in my Department’s Circular 0030/2014 and are available on my Department’s ...