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The Children's Society urges the Government to provide counselling in schools

19/08/2015

An international survey conducted by The Children's Society suggests that children in England are unhappier with their school experience than those in 11 other countries including Uganda, Ethiopia and Algeria. The survey estimates that more than half a million 10 and 12-year-olds have been physically bullied, causing damage to their wellbeing.

This comes in the wake of research published by YoungMinds last month revealing that £85 million has been cut from mental health budgets for children and teenagers across England in the past five years.

In a bid to clamp down on the negative impact of bullying and other major issues affecting children in schools, The Children's Society is urging the Government to make it a legal requirement for schools in England to provide counselling to pupils.

Earlier in the year, the Department for Education also set out its expectation that "over time we would expect to see all schools providing access to counselling services" in its Counselling in schools blueprint.

Catherine Roche, our CEO said:

"It's deeply concerning that children in England rank so low for life satisfaction. We know from our years of experience of working with schools that unhappiness can lead to disengagement from learning, which in turn can have a very serious impact on a child's life chances. We also know from our work that when support is there to address issues early on, we can turn that around.

"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.

"We need to make sure that help is available for these children when and where they need it, and that teachers are equipped to spot problems as soon as they arise. Crucially we must help children to develop the coping skills they need to face life's inevitable knocks - skills that will last a lifetime."

Place2Be works at the heart of the school communities, providing in-school support and expert training to improve the emotional wellbeing of pupils, families, teachers and school staff.

You can read a summary of The Good Childhood Report 2015 

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