What is Counselling?
The School-based Counselling Service consists of a group of professionally qualified and experienced therapists who are based across Pembrokeshire schools. Counselling offers children and young people a safe space to talk about the things that may be worrying them such as losing someone close, family relationships, bullying, health worries or anxiety about school work, nothing is off limits.
The service follows professional ethical guidelines as well as national safeguarding policies and practices, so what is talked about during counselling sessions will remain confidential unless the issues discussed involve harm to themselves or others.
Who is the service for?
The service is for children and young people who would benefit from a short period of therapeutic support and for those with emotional needs that are not considered significant enough to access other services such as the Primary Mental Health Service or the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service.
How can the service be accessed?
Young people attending a secondary school in Pembrokeshire can directly access the school-based counsellor by visiting the named counsellor at their school and making an appointment. Adults who know the young person, such as a teacher, can also suggest that a young person access school-based counselling but a conversation will always be held with the young person prior to any involvement with a counsellor in order to seek their permission. Counselling will not take place without the consent of the young person. Every secondary school should have leaflets and notice boards advertising the service and how it can be accessed.
If it is felt that a child at primary school would benefit from counselling support, a discussion with an Educational Psychologist and the primary school ALNCo (Additional Learning Needs Co-ordinator) will be arranged to consider the request.
Who to Contact?
Every secondary school in Pembrokeshire, as well as Portfield Special School, has a named counsellor based at the school. Young people can contact the counsellor directly or ask a staff member to do it for them.
Parents of primary school aged children will need to contact the ALNCo at school.
To find out more email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone: 01437 776473