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An issue I raised last week which was brought to my attention by a Wexford couple with a young child with autism. She spoke of her child bring locked in an isolation room, unsupervised, in a Wexford Primary School- a room often referred to as the ‘Bold Room.’ Here’s a quote from her letter – “….If I as a parent locked my child into an isolation room, the social services would rightly take my child off me. How can the state allow this to carry on under their nose with their full endorsement? The Department of Education and Skills have not learnt from Ireland’s dark days of abuse of its children, under their leadership and guidance.” Here’s my Dáil piece to the Minister for Education, Ruari Quinn- “Will the Minister tell us when the remaining special needs assistant, SNA, posts will be allocated? He is probably aware of reports of autistic children as young as eight years old being locked in so-called withdrawal rooms for hours without supervision. This is indicative of the consequences of imposing caps on special needs assistant resources. - The caps and cuts in the past few years, which were imposed amid rising demand, have forced schools to spread SNA supports more thinly. In 2010, 13,000 children were accessing such supports. The number has risen to 15,000. Although the Government has maintained the funding, the Minister knows support has been thinned out because of the extra demand. A parent from Wexford wrote to me recently stating that parents have lost all faith in the involvement of the Department of Education and Skills, the NCSE and NEPS in ASD units as they regard them to be a powerful cartel working to a mutual agenda. The parents believe this agenda concerns itself with cost saving and a growing ideology that is forcing their children and families further and further to the outskirts of normal society. Reports on the extra use of isolation rooms are frightening. That children are put into these rooms unsupervised from many hours beggars belief in this day and age. Does the Minister not believe so? I understand they were funded by the Department of some stage; I do not know how they could have been built otherwise. There are no national guidelines to govern their use. Boards of management are actually making the call on them and, very often, there are no parents associated with the ASD units on the boards of management. Decisions of boards of management, as one might understand, are really dominated by the concern of the school in general and are very often at the expense of children with autism. Without a shadow of a doubt, I believe there is something seriously wrong. Such rooms are actually being banned in parts of America and Canada at present because they contravene the human rights of children. The Minister should ban their use until he researches what is actually taking place and comes up with a national strategy as to how they should be used, if they are to be used at all.”    

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Follow the link for my question to Minister Quinn on SNA allocation and the use of isolation rooms for students with Autism.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekloqlx3dvw&feature=youtu.be
- Here's my speech today in the Dáil Chamber on the issue.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLLkHeMAb_U&feature=youtu.be
16/1/2014 My speech in the Dáil Chamber yesterday- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77PTKVf_FUo&feature=youtu.be



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Mick Wallace Budget 2016 Speech.

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