Date lodged: 1 April 2019
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-20288 by John Swinney on 11 December 2018, how many of the 350 school counsellors have been recruited so far, and how many will be (a) in post and (b) delivering services by September 2019, also broken down by local authority area.
Answered by: John Swinney 17 April 2019
Officials have been working with partners to establish the appropriate funding model for distribution of the resource to education authorities. It is anticipated that this will be agreed and the resource distributed in Spring 2019. It will be for local authorities to make decisions on how best to deliver the service in their local area, building on effective arrangements that may already be in place. We remain on course for delivering the commitment set out in the Programme for Government by September 2020.
These services are intended to be linked into the local service delivery model to enable appropriate links to be made to family services, social work and health services including CAMHS, where appropriate.