Longford councillor says child psychology waiting lists are too long

Casey heaps pressure on health and education chiefs to arrest lengthening waiting times

Liam Cosgrove


Liam Cosgrove



Cllr Mark Casey.

Cllr Mark Casey is calling for an increased focus to be concentrated on child psychology waiting lists

There is growing pressure this lunchtime on health and education chiefs to cut child psychology waiting lists.

That pressure was delivered by Independent Longford County Councillor Mark Casey who bemoaned the year long wait some children are presently faced with.

The Lanesboro politician's plea came on the back of a report from the Children’s Rights Alliance on Government services for young people.

“Many of the young people on this list are in need of help to deal with emotional issues and there is an abundance of effective interventions that could be delivered seamlessly if schools had access to Well Being Promotion Officers," he said.

"The focus of these professionals would be to work together with teachers in the areas of psycho education and early intervention, ensuring children’s psychological needs are nurtured and met as part of their education.

"These Officers should be supported by specially trained therapists assigned to schools on a full-time basis to work with children when the need for one to one intervention arises. 

"Such early intervention and availability of therapy on site should be a given as more and more of our young people struggle with the challenges of our competitive, consumer driven culture."


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