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DAPL Awarded Fife Schools' Counselling Services Contract

Fife Council Education and Children's Service is delighted to welcome the partnership of Drugs Alcohol and Psychotherapies Limited in delivering Fife Schools' Counselling Services.

This service will contribute to a radical increase in the provision of counselling made available through Fife Schools, enabling locally provided support to children and young people aged ten and over, helping them towards positive mental health and wellbeing.

The focus of the service will be two-fold.

Firstly, to provide one:one counselling service for young people who have been identified through the GIRFEC wellbeing pathway as requiring planned, additional counselling support to tackle emotional wellbeing issues which are preventing them in attaining and achieving.

And secondly, to lead and support the development of school-centred listening, coaching and mentoring across Fife.  This initiative will build additional opt-in counsellor support for young people, centred around Fife’s Secondary School Health Zones. Alongside this provision there will also be a requirement to deliver associated work to support universal, general good practice around the emotional wellbeing of Fife's Young people.

This work sits within Fife's continued commitment to develop support and to strengthen the emotional wellbeing of our young people in line with the principles of our Our Minds Matter Framework.  This framework is strongly founded on the principles of a shared, partnership approach - working together to build broad pastoral care for our young people in Fife.  The Education and Children's Services Directorate and its lead partners look forward to continuing this work with DAPL professionals as we strive together to make Fife a place where children can grow up happy, healthy and ready to move into the challenges and opportunities adulthood brings.

Rona Weir

Education Manager

Education & Children's Services Directorate

Fife Council