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Educational Psychologists

Volume 457: debated on Friday 23 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average waiting time to see an educational psychologist was in each education and library board area in the Province in the last period for which figures are available; and what the longest time is for which an individual has been waiting to see an educational psychologist in each area. (119153)

In the last period for which figures are available the average waiting time to see an educational psychologist within each Education and Library Board is as follows:

Education and Library Board

Period

Times

Belfast

Academic Year 2005-06

14 weeks (Stages 3 and 4 combined)

North Eastern

Calendar Year 2006

11 weeks (Stage 3) 3 weeks 5 days (Stage 4)

Western

Calendar Year 2006

110 weeks (Stages 3 and 4 combined)

Southern

Academic Year 2005-06

118 weeks (Stages 3 and 4 combined)

South Eastern

Calendar Year 2006

47 weeks (Stage 3) 5 weeks 1 day (Stage 4)

1 Average time given is the combined waiting time for assessment by educational psychologists at both stages 3, non-statutory assessments, and 4, statutory assessments, of the Code of Practice on the Identification and Assessment of Special Educational Needs.

The longest waiting times to be seen by an educational psychologist are for non-statutory stage 3 referrals and are as follows:

Library Board

Waiting Time

Belfast

18 months

North Eastern

11 months 27 days

Western

14.5 months

Southern

13 months

South Eastern

20 months