Further Loss of Education and Services for Children and Young People with SEN is Untenable – Children’s Commissioner

5 May 2022 News
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Summary for children and young people

Commenting on the extension of industrial action over pay, Koulla Yiasouma, NI Commissioner for Children and Young People, said:

“Children and young people with special educational needs (SEN), particularly those attending Special Schools, were severely affected by the Pandemic and the restrictions. Special Schools provide education but also essential therapeutic and health care services and these were lost to many children and families. It is, therefore, disappointing and concerning that it is these very same children, particularly those at Glenveagh Special School, who are most severely affected by this industrial action.

“I do not question a worker’s right to strike, especially when we consider the impact of the rising cost of living on so many families. However, I urge both sides to make special considerations for children and young people and come to an immediate resolution so that children can enjoy their right to a full education and to health care.”


  • For further information or to request an interview with the Commissioner please contact communications@niccy.org or call 07917544177.

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