Place2Be welcomes new Blueprint for counselling in schools

25/03/2015

Place2Be welcomes the announcement today from the Secretary of State for Education Nicky Morgan which includes a new Blueprint for schools on counselling services.

These new measures will help ensure pupils who may be suffering in silence have the support they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, while helping their classmates to develop an understanding of the problems they're facing.

As part of this, Nicky Morgan announced there will be:

  • A new Blueprint for schools on counselling services which provides head teachers with practical advice on how to deliver top-quality school-based counselling services
  • Brand new guidance for schools on how to teach children about mental health problems from anxiety and depression to eating disorders and self-harm
  • New funding worth £4.9 million to boost support on offer for young people struggling with mental health

 

Catherine Roche our CEO said:

"The sad reality for many children in the UK today is that they are facing all kinds of distressing issues, from being bullied in the playground to witnessing domestic violence at home, from bereavement to coping with a parent's drug or alcohol addiction. This guidance from the Department for Education is an important step in ensuring that high quality, accessible support is available in schools, in order to prevent childhood issues from becoming more serious, complex mental health problems in later life.

"We know from experience that delivering high quality counselling within the safe and trusted school environment is one of the best places for children to receive this support. We are delighted to see this being recognised by Government with this Blueprint.

"Head teachers have a vital role to play to instil a culture across the whole school which builds their pupils' resilience and equips them with the skills to cope with life's challenges. But we also know that teaching staff need expert support in this sensitive area. The Blueprint highlights the importance of putting children's emotional welfare as centre stage as their physical needs - and equipping them with the tools to come to terms with their emotions, which will ultimately help them to concentrate in class and improve their capacity to learn."

You can read the full press release from the Department for Education here

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