Date lodged: 30 August 2018
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-12099 by Maureen Watt on 26 October 2017, what its response is to the recommendation in the recent report by the Children's Society that all secondary schools should have access to a counsellor, and whether it will take action to implement school-based counselling.
Answered by: Clare Haughey 20 September 2018
We have made absolutely clear the commitment of this government to promoting children’s health and wellbeing.
This year’s Programme for Government includes a commitment to invest in school counselling services across in Scotland. This will create around 350 counsellors, ensuring that every secondary school has access to counselling services, whilst also improving the ability of local primary and special schools to access counselling.
We will begin to work to implement this commitment quickly in partnership with local government. We intend to build from the work already in place in schools, and to enable those who already have arrangements in place to benefit from this commitment also.