Our work in Scotland

Place2Be provides emotional and therapeutic services in primary and secondary schools.

Place2Be has worked in Scotland since 2001 and now reaches a school population of over 13,500 pupils and their families in 39 schools. Many of our communities face challenges like poverty and complex needs. View our list of partner schools >> 

We build children and young people's resilience through talking, creative work and play. We also provide support for parents and school staff and help schools to be mentally healthy. Find out more about our whole-school approach >>

For every £1 invested, our counselling service in primary schools has the potential to return £6.20 to society, according to a report by Pro Bono EconomicsRead the estimated value for money of our counselling service in Scotland >>

Funding for our in-school service comes from a variety of sources including the Scottish Attainment Challenge, Pupil Equity Fund (PEF) and Local Authority grant funding.




Counselling Placements

We provide Counselling Placements in UK schools, including Edinburgh, Glasgow, North Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire, giving counsellors and therapists the opportunity to work with children in a safe therapeutic setting.

Read more about our Counselling Placements and apply >> 

Training and consultations for schools

We offer a range of specialist training and consultations informed by our experience delivering mental health support in schools. We are a GTCS Learning Award Organisation.

  • Mental Health Champions Programmes for school leaders and class teachers, endorsed by SCEL
  • Consultation sessions called ‘Place2Think' - our clinicians offer an informed perspective on emotional wellbeing and behaviour, tailored to your school's needs
  • One-day specialist workshops on subjects such as attachment, transitions and understanding adolescents
  • Mental health masterclasses as part of Education Scotland’s ‘Excellence in Headship’ programme
  • Initial Teacher Education pilot >> in partnership with Edinburgh (Moray House) and Stirling Universities to support trainee teachers’ understanding of mental health

“[Mental Health Champions] increased my knowledge and understanding of issues surrounding mental health. It highlighted the impact that day-to-day school challenges can have on staff wellbeing and how my leadership actions may influence this.” – Head teacher, South Ayrshire

Stay up to date

Follow @place2bescot on Twitter >> for updates or browse our most recent news stories.


Get in touch

We're always looking for new ways to develop our work in Scotland and share our impact. To find out more, get in touch on Twitter >> or contact our team directly:

Annie McGovern - Business Development Manager for Scotland
07803247170 or scotland@place2be.org.uk


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