Assessment applications for three children in Carlow for home schooling

Figures for children awaiting on an appointment for preliminary assessment

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Waiting list figures for admission to the register of children receiving an education in a place other than a recognised school

There were three assessment applications pending for children in Carlow for home schooling up until May of this year. 

Fianna Fáil TD James Browne asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of children awaiting a Tusla inspection for home schooling by county and the number of children awaiting an appointment for more than six, 12, 18 and 24 months.

In a written response recently, Minister Katherine Zappone said: "The Educational Welfare Service of Tusla has informed my Department that as of 31st May 2018 there are 261 children awaiting an appointment for preliminary assessment for admission to the register of children receiving an education in a place other than a recognised school.

"217 of these children are waiting less than 6 months while 42 are waiting more than 6 months. 2 children have been waiting more than 12 months while no child has been waiting more than 18 months for an assessment."

The figures for Carlow revealed that there were three children awaiting a preliminary assessment and two of these were waiting less than six months while the third was waiting more than six months.