Counselling in schools

Guidance for schools about setting up and improving counselling services for pupils.

Applies to England


Counselling in schools: a blueprint for the future


This is for:

  • school leaders
  • headteachers
  • governing bodies
  • those with day-to-day responsibility for mental health issues in schools such as:
    • counsellors
    • clinical supervisors
    • managers of school counselling services

It will also be of interest to NHS providers and local authority commissioners of counselling and other forms of psychological support.

It applies to all primary and secondary schools.

It is about providing counselling as a psychological therapy to improve the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people.

Published 25 March 2015
Last updated 17 February 2016 + show all updates
  1. Updated with new resources and guidance, including an additional section on vulnerable children in the section 'Counselling in practice'.

  2. First published.