580. Deputy Réada Cronin asked the Minister for Justice the number of psychologists employed by and also available to the State for the treatment of prisoners in tabular form in each of the past ten years; the number of prisoners referred to them in each of the past ten years in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [37839/21]
Minister of State at the Department of Justice (Deputy Hildegarde Naughton): Table 1 below provides the number of Psychologists employed by the Prison Service as at 31 December for each year from 2011 to 2020.
The number provided for 2021 are correct as at 30 June 2021.
Table 1 - Number of Psychologists employed by the Irish Prison Service
|Director of Psychology||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1|
|Psychologists – All Other Grades||17.6||19.6||16.6||16.6||15.2||20||26.5||25.6||31.8||33||33.8|
The IPS has informed me that it is currently considering the recruitment of a Senior Clinical or Counselling Psychologist with prison experience instead of an Occupational Psychologist, who would take a lead role in supporting the IPSC (Irish Prison Service College) with psychology relevant training and leadership programmes for staff.
Table 2 below provides the number of prisoners referred to psychology services from 2019 to date. It is important to note that this data may include some instances of multiple referrals for one person.
I wish to advise the Deputy that the data in relation to the number of prisoners referred to psychology services is available from 2019 to date. Prior to 2019 this data was not collated in the manner requested by the Deputy.
Table 2: Number of Direct Referrals
|Year||Number of incoming, direct referrals to the IPS Psychology Service|
|2021 to date||730|
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