Written Answers. - Special Educational Needs.

Question:

1014 Mr. Hayes asked the Minister for Education and Science the educational programme which will be put in place to deal with the needs of a person (details supplied) in view of his serious behavioural problems; if, following his release from St. Michael's House, he will receive a dedicated programme of training and tuition; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19806/00]

The young person to whom the Deputy refers was remanded for assessment by the court to the national remand and assessment unit at Finglas Child and Adolescent Centre. A team of professionals with expertise in education, social skills, offending behaviour and relationships carry out these assessments. The assessment was completed on 29 September 2000 and a report was made available to the court on 2 October 2000.

The assessment identified the needs of the young person and recommended that these needs would be best met through placement in Oberstown Boys Centre where a tailored programme encompassing education, care and rehabilitative modules could be provided in accordance with the boy's needs. Such placements are normally for a minimum of two years. The court accepted the recommendations made and remanded the young person back to the National Remand and Assessment Unit until 16 October 2000 pending the availability of a place in Oberstown Boys Centre. In the meantime, an interim education and training programme is in place for the person in question.