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27 Nov 2021

Mullan calls for more investment school counsellling services 

The availability of counselling services in schools is ‘insufficient,’ a Derry MLA has said.

Mullan calls for more investment school counsellling services 

The availability of counselling services in schools is ‘insufficient,’ a Derry MLA has said.

Speaking during a sitting of the Education Committee yesterday, deputy chairperson Karen Mullan called for more investment.

The Sinn Fein 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 who's 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.”

Ms Mullan concluded:  “It’s something that needs to be looked at and it needs more investment.”

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