The aim of the counselling support service is to enhance the wellbeing of our pupils by providing access to therapeutic and emotional support in school, using a proven model backed up by research and training. We work within the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy framework and guidelines.
If a pupil is struggling in any way, it is identified by their form tutor and the relevant Head of Section. The pupil is then referred to the counselling support team and a plan of how best to support the child is drawn up. Parents are also encouraged to discuss any concerns that they may have around their child, and pupils are also able to self- refer.
The relationship that a child develops with their counsellor is very different to those they share with other adults in their life. The counsellor is a neutral party and not a part of their family life, allowing them the space to open up and be heard in a safe environment.
We will always obtain parental consent before we support a pupil through one-to-one counselling. In this way, we are able to make sure the parent or carer is involved from the very start. We take children's safety extremely seriously, and will therefore always share any concerns with parents if we are worried that a child is in danger.