Number of schools buying in counsellors for children almost doubles in three years

According to The Independent, the number of schools buying in professional counselling services for children has almost doubled in three years, at a time when budgets have been squeezed, a survey finds.

Two in three schools in England provided school-based support for students’ emotional and mental wellbeing last year, compared with 36 per cent in 2016, according to a report.

It comes after the children’s commissioner warned that the UK is at least a decade away from having a comprehensive mental health service for children, adding that a “chasm” exists between the services available and what is needed.

Nick Gibb, minister for school standards, said: “As a government we are investing hundreds of millions every year in mental health support, including providing better links between mental health experts and schools and colleges, and providing quicker access to specialist treatment where needed.

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