HL Deb 24 February 1998 vol 586 c86WA
Lord Hylton

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they have examined the entry assessment of all young people now in the Training Schools in Northern Ireland; whether they are able to determine the proportion who suffer from physical or learning disabilities; and whether special provisions are being made for such disabilities. [HL600]

Lord Dubs

All young people are medically examined by professionally qualified staff at the time of their admission to a training school to identify medical or physical problems and appropriate treatment is prescribed or arranged as required. Within a few days of admission an assessment is carried out by a member of the teaching staff to help determine the particular educational needs of each newly admitted young person. Each young person in the training schools is placed on an education programme commensurate with their ability.