TalkingZone provides access to a counsellor in all Primary and Additional Learning Needs (ALN) schools in Newport, supporting children and young people who are experiencing emotional distress. Counselling is a confidential activity and content of sessions remains between the child/young person and counsellor, unless it becomes apparent the they are at risk of significant harm.
However, the counsellor will encourage parents or legal guardians to be involved in the process from the outset. An opportunity will be provided at the start of counselling for the parent or guardian to meet with the counsellor. This provides a space for discussion regarding the challenges the child is experiencing and allows the counsellor to gain a greater understanding about how to approach the work with the child. There will also be a chance to meet with the counsellor at the end of the counselling to receive consultation about how to support the child after the intervention has ended.
We all have times when it feels hard to talk to those closest to us about things which are bothering us. Often this can be because we don’t want to worry them or we are afraid of what they might say. The counsellor will listen to the child carefully, not judging them, but look to help them understand what might be bothering them and to find ways to cope with their challenges or emotions.
Types of problems that counselling can be used for may include:
The following is a list of useful service documents: