Emotional Support

Emotional Support (0)

Emotional Support and Counselling

There are times when we all need a bit of extra emotional support. We offer a range of emotional support strategies for students. This may simply be someone to talk or to ask for and be given a piece of well-directed advice, or help in controlling an anger issue. It may be a more formalised counselling approach to guidance. The type of emotional support offered initially is decided according to the pupil’s needs.

Please note that while the issues raised by the pupil will not be discussed with staff, there may be an occasion where, if the pupil is felt to be at risk, Mrs Crombie (Deputy Head) will have to refer to outside agencies. Parents will be informed if this is the case – unless in doing so the pupil may be placed at further risk. Please see the Child Protection Policy statement.

Types of Emotional Support Available

1. As part of the pastoral care within the school the pupils’ form tutor, Academic Development Coordinator or Head of Learning may be able to offer those well-chosen words of advice and will monitor any situation that arises. Consent will not be requested for this level of support

Before any of the following services are offered to pupils parents will be asked to give their consent

2. In School Emotional Support. This level of support is offered by Mrs Winter a member of the school staff.

3. School Based Counselling is a service provided by the Local Authority. Trained counsellors come into school at a pre-arranged time to meet the young person.

School is also able to make referrals to other external agencies such as:

  • The School Nurse
  • Educational Welfare Officer
  • Early Intervention Prevention Service (EIPS) who may initially become involved if a young person is thought to be self-harming or at risk of eating disorders
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) for more serious concerns about a child mental health.
  • Bereavement Counselling (CRUSE)
  • Barnardo’s
  • Social Services Department – Child in Need
  • Team Around the Family