in Schools and Colleges
What is the student counselling project?
Working in primary and secondary schools and colleges in the Wigan borough, we offer a generic counselling service to children and young people who are experiencing social, emotional or behavioural problems. The service offers equal access to all, in a safe environment. Offering counselling in school/college also minimises disruption to the young person’s education, as only one lesson is missed.
Counselling has helped me to feel better about myself and better as a person. I am proud of how different I am now and excited about my future
Counselling has boosted my confidence and given me a place to get everything out. I felt from the beginning that I could trust you and that is what made the difference.
Children and young people are usually seen on a fortnightly basis and they will see the same counsellor for every session. Usually, they will be seen by our counsellors between 8 and 10 times. All of our counsellors have a minimum of two years’ experience and are accredited/registered members of the BACP. This means they have the knowledge and skills needed to offer the young person a safe, confidential environment to explore their issues at their own pace. There will be no blame and no shame – counselling is a safe space to say out loud what they have been thinking and feeling. We are not social services, teachers or mental health services; we are counsellors!
The service is bought by individual schools, so if you’re unsure if your child’s school provides a counselling service, call them first and they can direct you towards the next steps in making a referral.
When a safeguarding disclosure is made by a child/young person, it is the counsellor’s role to support them in disclosing the information to the designated safeguarding adult in school. Together, the designated safeguarding adult, the young person and the counsellor will have a discussion to decide on the appropriate course of action.