The TES is reporting that the children’s commissioner for England has called for all schools to provide counselling for pupils.
Speaking to the Commons Education Committee today, Anne Longfield said that she would support a pilot project to provide counselling in schools, adding that worried children were currently turning to the internet for help.
“Children and young people time and time again tell me that they would like to have people to talk to in schools,” she said.
“I think it certainly should be piloted as a systematic part of the school. My default is that it probably should be made a requirement as part of school. Children say they want it and in Wales it is part of school life.
“There is a real issue about anxiety,” she added. “It is a barometer of health for children. And children are clearly saying that before we get to the stage of a diagnosed mental health condition we want some help with anxiety and we want that to be in schools.”…
Ms Longfield said that in a consultation she held with children about access to mental health services, they had told her that they were most comfortable about going to someone in school, rather than their GP…
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