Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (533)

John Brady


533. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Health if the risk assessment by CORU regarding the regulation of play therapists has been completed; the stage the regulation of play therapists is at; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44604/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

CORU is Ireland’s multi-profession health regulator. It was established under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005. CORU is responsible for the regulation of the 17 professions designated by the Act.

Section 4 of the Act provides that, following a consultation process and with the approval of the Houses of the Oireachtas, regulations may be made designating a health or social care profession not already contained in the Act.

As the Deputy is aware, I asked CORU to facilitate a risk assessment of the principal health and social care professionals seeking regulation and this includes play therapists. Officials from my Department are currently considering the appropriate next steps to be taken in relation to the risk assessment.