Counselling

We have an independent counsellor who provides confidential support to our students on a weekly basis.

It is recommended and encouraged that a student should tell their parents about any involvement they have in the counselling process. However, if a student wishes to speak with our counsellor without parental consent, an assessment using the Fraser Guidelines will be used to decide if the student is Gillick competent and therefore able to access counselling without the parent’s knowledge. The criteria for assessing Gillick competency as set out in the Fraser guidelines include:

  • The maturity of the student.
  • Sufficient intelligence and understanding of the consequences of the proposed action and
  • The potential deterioration in mental health if access to counselling is not provided.

If a student is deemed to be Gillick competent, the student and the counsellor do not have to inform parents that counselling will be taking place.

If a student is deemed not to be Gillick competent the students parent/legal guardian will be informed before the counselling starts.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact me on the school phone number or by email – r.ahmad@passmoresacademy.com if you feel I may be able to help with any worries or concerns you may have about your child.

Mrs. Ahmad