Whilst most schools see the value of professional emotional support, it can be difficult to know where to start.  At Child in Time we will guide you through the start-up process, and find a therapist who best suits the needs of your school.

Start-up Pack

  • Our start up pack includes guidance on:
  • Setting up a counselling room and suggested resources.
  • The referral process including referral form.
  • Contacting parents including template letter requesting consent.
  • Types of problems or concerns and common indicators.
  • Information for staff and what to expect when a child starts counselling.
  • Information for children/young people to be adapted for class discussion.

Ten Steps to Go

  1. Room:  Allocate a small room, preferably not in a busy area where the session won’t be disturbed.  If the room has a dual purpose it will need to be re-set by your therapist whenever they arrive.  It then becomes a safe place for the child, predictable and welcoming.  It is as if it belongs to them.
  2. Appoint a link person in the school:  Consider whether they will be the SENCO or the person responsible for child protection.  Make sure they will be in the same day as the therapist.
  3. Meet with Chloe at Child in Time:  Discuss how many days and what kind of service you might need.  Long-term therapy has extremely positive outcomes and would constitute a minimum of two terms. Consider a lunch-time drop service in to reach more children.
  4. Meet your therapist and receive start-up pack: Order resources for room with guidance from your therapist.  This is not a huge out-lay. Discuss children you have in mind.
  5. Referral process begins:  Introduce the service to the staff.  Referral forms completed by members of staff and given to link person to add to waiting list (consider whether to include self-referrals and/or parental referrals).
  6. Evaluation and Prioritising:  Meeting between Link Person/any other relevant staff to decide on who is next to be seen.
  7. Parental Consent and Meeting:  Letter of consent is signed by parent/carer and they are invited in for meeting with counsellor (depending on age of young person).
  8. Take-up:  Child/young person is offered counselling by teacher/member of staff they are comfortable with.
  9. Pre-session Observation/Teacher Meeting (Primary only): Observation of child in class by counsellor.  Meeting between counsellor and teacher to discuss child. Child is given note with details of time and place in advance of session.
  10. First session:  Child is expecting counsellor when they are collected (Primary) or young person makes their own way to the allocated room with prior permission to leave their class (secondary).