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(UK) Educators "struggle to know what type of mental health support is needed by pupils"

Feb 9, 2018, (UK) Tes: Four-in-10 heads struggle to know which mental health support to provide pupils https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-news/four-10-heads-struggle-know-which-mental-health-support-provide More than a third of counsellors and psychotherapists have also found it difficult to provide their services to schools More than four-in-10 school leaders struggle to know what type of mental health support is needed for their pupils, a survey has found. The poll also revealed that more than a third of counsellors and psychotherapists report difficulty in providing their services to schools. The children’s mental health charity, Place2Be, carried out research in partnership with the NAHT heads’ union, the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and the UK Council for Psychotherapy, to mark Children’s Mental Health Week. … Counsellors and psychotherapists also reported challenges engaging with schools, with 34 per cent of those who work with children and young people saying it was difficult to provide their services to schools. Common difficulties cited were “schools’ understanding of counselling and psychotherapy for children”, which was reported by 54 per cent of those surveyed, and “expectations not being clear”, which was reported by 30 per cent. The organisations behind the research urged the government to provide “dedicated funding” so that mental health services could be embedded in schools, echoing a similar call from the Local Government Association earlier this week. Catherine Roche, chief executive of Place2Be, said: “School leaders are already under immense pressure to deliver academic progress – and we shouldn’t expect them to become mental health experts as well. "Our evidence and experience shows that embedding skilled mental health professionals in schools, as part of a whole-school approach, can have an enormously positive impact on pupils, families and staff.” … NAHT general secretary Paul Whiteman said: “School leaders are not experts in therapeutic interventions, so it can be difficult to know what kind of support is needed. …