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Rise in number of school-based counsellors over past three years

By February 4, 2020National News

A survey of school leaders published by school leaders’ union NAHT (opens in a new tab) children’s mental health charity Place2Be (opens in a new tab) reveals that the number of schools commissioning professional help for children’s mental health issues has increased significantly since 2016.

In 2016, just over a third (36 per cent) of schools in England provided school-based support for students’ emotional and mental wellbeing. By 2019, this had almost doubled to 66 per cent.

The findings were released on the first day of Children’s Mental Health Week (3-9 February 2020).

The latest survey was completed by 653 school leaders at the end of 2019, and the results can be compared to similar joint surveys in 2016 and 2017*.

The latest findings show an improved understanding and recognition of children’s mental health in schools, but access to external NHS help has not and more schools are now buying in their own support.

You can read the full press release as an online pdf here  (opens in a new tab)

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