Argyll and Bute: Two mental health workers provide counselling support across the large and predominantly rural authority, with third-sector organisations in some areas also offering counselling.
Clackmannanshire: Wellbeing Scotland, funded through the Scottish Attainment Challenge and Pupil Equity Fund (PEF), provides trained counsellors in targeted schools. All three secondaries have “access” to a trained counsellor, as do six primaries “with the greatest need”.
Dumfries and Galloway: Using PEF money, three new full-time youth information workers will provide “informal counselling” to secondary pupils.
East Ayrshire: “There is no formal counselling service in our schools, but our educational psychology service can include individual counselling on a case-by-case basis.”
East Dunbartonshire: All secondary schools have counsellors available for part of the week, thanks to PEF money.
East Lothian: Services vary by school, but the council does not hold a central list of details and sees “limited evidence that trained counsellors will make an impact”.
Edinburgh: The council points to its 23 full-time educational psychologists, each assigned a secondary school and feeder primaries. The Place2Be mental health charity operates in one secondary and 10 primaries.
Falkirk: No plans to introduce trained counsellors in schools. Each secondary has a “listening service”, which is different from counselling as listeners do not give out advice or ask questions.
Glasgow: Trained counsellors in all mainstream secondaries through a contract with charity Lifelink. Some secondaries offer added services with PEF money. Place2Be operates in 13 primaries.
Highland: Does not employ school counsellors, but there are voluntary counselling services for some schools. The council says it is not sure that the third-sector organisations working in Highland could offer support across the entirety of “such a diverse rural authority”.
Inverclyde: There are no council-funded counsellors in schools, although pupils may have access to trained counsellors through referrals – sometimes using schools’ PEF money – to bodies such as Mind Mosaic, Children 1st or Barnardo’s. Considering expansion of counselling, but this may be reliant on PEF.
Midlothian: Focuses on educational psychologists, saying that they can work with individuals and more universally, whereas “counsellors can deliver for the individual only”.
North Lanarkshire: A “coordinated support package” includes, in each secondary, a senior manager for pastoral support, principal teachers of pupil support, a link educational psychologist, a home-school partnership officer, “input from a youth counsellor” (NHS) and careers advice.
Perth and Kinross: There are no trained counsellors working in any primary or secondary. Specialist support comes from “a range of other professionals, including educational psychologists”.
Renfrewshire: All 11 secondary schools have access to a counselling service through the Lifelink organisation.
South Ayrshire: Educational psychologists, pupil support and guidance teachers provide pupils with “opportunities to talk through their difficulties”. A few schools employ part-time, trained counsellors.
West Dunbartonshire: Trained counsellors in every secondary and some primaries.
West Lothian: Six out of 11 secondary schools have employed part-time counsellors, and “all schools can access counselling”.