Young People's Views on School Counselling

Education Minister John O'Dowd with Alex Greer (left) and Daire McCotter (right)

Education Minister John O'Dowd with Alex Greer (left) and Daire McCotter (right)

Counselling in school can have a significant positive impact on young people’s mental wellbeing. That was the message from Education Minister, John O’Dowd, as he launched a report by Children’s Law Centre advisory group youth@clc into young people’s views on counselling in schools.

Speaking during a launch event in Parliament Buildings, the Minister said: “Professional counselling can be a massive support to a young person in distress. I have received many comments to this effect from pupils and staff during school visits and I know there is research available to back up this view too".

The youth@clc report makes six key recommendations and Mr O'Dowd plans to give them all consideration when shaping the future delivery of counselling in schools.

Posted on June 26, 2013 .