Speaking during a sitting of the Education Committee today, deputy chairperson Karen Mullan MLA said the availability of counselling services in schools is ‘insufficient’ and called for more investment.
The Foyle MLA said:
“The figures revealed in the Committee reiterate that current provision for counselling services in schools is insufficient.
“It’s even more shocking to hear that in a school which has 1,000 pupils there is only five sessions per week.
“As the parent of a son who in Year 10, his class experienced a bereavement with the loss of a pupil – the crisis intervention they experienced was excellent, but it’s too short term, the school were excellent, but as we heard today they get a very small amount of sessions
“Community and voluntary organisations are doing excellent work, I raised the importance of them being involved in shaping any future plans.
“It’s something that needs to be looked at and it needs more investment.”