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We all want to offer children the emotional support they need to face life’s challenges.  At Child in Time we believe that children deserve access to independent, professional, counselling support during vulnerable or troubled phases of their lives. Sometimes the environment they have been born into cannot give them what they need. Sometimes unexpected events leave young minds struggling to cope.

Schools are often required to pick up the pieces and all too often there just isn’t enough time in the day. Child in Time brings professional therapists to children and young people, relieving the pressure on the school and enabling students to reach their full potential.
Early intervention is crucial for healthy emotional development, giving the chance for the developing brain to fire synaptic networks into life and learn to regulate stress responses.
Our children deserve this opportunity or we run the risk of leaving them caught in the primitive fight/flight responses for the rest of their lives.

Child in Time was born ten years ago when founder, Chloe Billington, was working as a counsellor in a primary and secondary school in East London.
Now operating in 35 schools and colleges, Child in Time sets up counselling services in schools with qualified therapists so that schools can be confident that they have offered their students a professional and safe place to be heard.
The right support at the right time can be life-changing.
In addition to school counselling services, we now run workshops for children, staff and parents and provide online staff supervision.

For parents/carers looking to speak to a qualified specialist about their child, we now offer online parenting consultations as well.
Our team have found that parents don’t always want or need to enter into a long therapeutic process but they are looking for practical advice on how to support the emotional needs of their children from someone they can trust.
Our aim is to make this kind of consultation more accessible so that parents have the confidence to move forwards themselves.
It’s therapeutic support (not therapy) for parents who want guidance and strategies from a mental health professional.


The Counselling provision at our school is now excellent. This is due to Chloe’s understanding of the needs of pupils, parents and the school as an organization. I would whole-heartedly recommend ‘Child in Time’ to head-teachers considering their own counselling provision.

Head-teacher of Woolmore School, Tower Hamlets

Parent Consultation: They have become much better at expressing their feelings and opening up to me and their siblings.

Parent, 2023

School Counselling: My son has completely turned around and is simply wonderful at the moment. He is back to his normal self at home, being very happy, caring and kind. He is especial kind and caring with his sister and just the best brother ever now. As a family, we are happy and content.

Parent, 2023

It is quality time well spent not letting pupils leave with negative patterns that make them vulnerable beyond school. One of the best decisions I have made.

Head-teacher of St Saviour’s School, Tower Hamlets

You have helped me build a barrier of protection against pain and I can’t thank you enough for that…I have never felt so emotionally strong.

Student, aged 15

Child in Time is a tremendous resource for head-teachers. It’s a consultancy that offers a short-cut to setting up a counselling service in your school with highly trained, qualified practitioners. Child in Time brings peace of mind to staff, knowing that the most vulnerable students are in safe hands.

Tereza Nogueira, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and Senior supervisor UKCP

This intervention has had an enormous, positive impact for us all and we sincerely hope that other families benefit from the same programme…his positive behaviour is having a really good impact on all elements of his school life.

Parent of child, age 8

I am glad I am coming to see you every Thursday because I used to hold all these things in my head and that was hard.

Girl, age 10

We are very happy with the counselling service we are receiving and in particular ‘our therapist’s’ flexible and accommodating nature. Parents are very pleased, both the target children’s parents and the consultation one’s too.

SENCO, Rhodes Avenue School, Haringey

She is an outstanding therapist who has made a real difference to the lives of pupils in our school. ‘Our therapist’ possesses excellent skills in connecting with others, creating a safe space for staff, parents and pupils to discuss a range of issues. Her expertise, compassion, and dedication are truly commendable and we have really benefited from her thorough understanding of child development and psychology.

Deputy Head, Highgate Pre-Prep

I want to say thank you. I found these sessions very very helpful. I could talk about anything with you. I remember our first one, when I was so worried that everything was my fault. I can now see things more clearly.

student, age 11