Why we need school-based counselling

Early intervention to support children with emotional or mental health issues is vital for their long-term wellbeing as well as their ability to focus on learning. So why do so few of Scotland’s local authorities provide it within a school setting? Henry Hepburn reports

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Counselling is all about talking, isn’t it? Well, no. One little girl at Oakwood Primary School in Glasgow went along to her first 40-minute counselling session at the school and didn’t speak a word. Instead, she headed straight into a little faux circus tent in the corner of the room and stayed there for the duration. The same thing happened the next time and the next. It was only in the sixth week of counselling that the girl actually spoke.

Another child, also at the school in the Easterhouse area of the city, gravitated towards a toy house. He used dolls to act out a scenario where a house ...

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