Working with schools

Counselling in Schools.

It is widely recognised that a counselling service within a school benefits the whole school system. The Department for Education is recommending the implementation of school counselling in every secondary school.

Emotional Problems

Emotional problems and complications are common in children and young people. Learning how to negotiate some level of difficulty is part of the normal development of a health child or young person. However, sometimes emotional difficulties can feel overwhelming, often leading to disruptive or withdrawn behaviour and low self-esteem. Emotional imbalance can affect all areas of a child or young person’s life and may result in marked changes in academic achievement.

A Safe Space

Counselling provides a safe space for children and young people to express and explore difficult feelings, enabling them to gain a better understanding of themselves and of situations. This can help them to develop strategies to manage change and crises. As a result, relationships can be improved, learning is facilitated and behaviour can be beneficially influenced.


Many students can benefit from a space to explore their feelings for a variety of reasons. Here are a few examples:

  • Sudden change in a child’s behaviour, mood or academic performance
  • Bereavement, loss and change
  • Trauma
  • Parental separation and divorce
  • Family breakdown
  • Peer relationship problems
  • Bullying
  • Self-esteem
  • Anxiety, fears and phobias
  • Anger
  • Self-harm or substance abuse


Staff may benefit from individual counselling or discussion groups where emotional and behavioural changes can be discussed and explored in depth.


Parents can be offered consultations to enable them to increase their understanding of their child’s or young person’s well-being. This may lead to a change in family dynamics.

Safeguarding and Child Protection

The CASSEL Centre works collaboratively with partner organisations to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
Our child safeguarding procedures are in line with the following:
• London Child Protection Procedures and Guidance
• Safeguarding Lewisham Children: A Guide to Interagency Working

How does it work?

The school counselling service provided by the CASSEL Centre is designed to fit the objectives of the school with a focus on the needs of the child or young person within the learning environment.

The child or young person is at the centre of the counselling intervention.
Tailor made packages are offered to suit the requirements of each school
A collaborative approach with the school’s inclusion team is key to the effectiveness of this intervention

You are invited to contact the Chief Executive, Christine De Ionno to talk about any aspect of the CASSEL Centre’s services
Telephone: 020 8291 3436

If you are interested in The Cassel Centre working with your school, please get in touch: our dedicated team of professional staff are ready to help.