Educational Psychology Service
Aims of the Service
The service aims to enhance the learning, development and emotional wellbeing of children and young people in Perth and Kinross. The primary focus is on overcoming barriers to learning, with interventions to promote learning, development, resilience and wellbeing .
The Educational Psychology Service is part of Education and Children's Services and aims to enhance the learning, development and wellbeing of children and young people in Perth and Kinross.
A team of Education Psychologists (EP) are led by the Principal Educational Psychologist, who holds a dual role as an Inclusion Manager and who retains a small allocation of school based practitioner work. All Educational Psychologists must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council, who regulate the work of the profession on behalf of the government. Educational Psychologists must undertake a specified amount of professional learning on an annual basis. Professional practice is also guided by standards published in the British Psychological Society's Code of Conduct and Ethics.
Every Perth and Kinross school has a link Educational Psychologist. EP school allocation [78Kb] Educational Psychologists operate a consultation based service which provided an opportunity to seek least intrusive and early stage solutions through discussion with key adults in children's lives, as well as to agree plan further work as appropriate. Young people, parent and carer can contact the service directly.
Information for Schools and Partner Agencies
Every Perth and Kinross school has a link educational Psychologist EP school allocation [78Kb]. Educational Psychologists operate a consultation service which provided an opportunity to seek least intrusive and early stage solutions through discussion with key adults in children's lives, as well as to agree and plan further work as appropriate. Partner provider nurseries are also able to contact the service for consultation. Young people, parents and carers can contact the service directly. EPs also offer a consultation service to partner agencies offering support to young people post-school, such as Perth College, Skills Development Scotland and Services for Young People.
When working at the casework level Casework Priorities [46Kb] with children, young people and families, the primary focus is overcoming barriers to learning, with interventions to promote learning, development, resilience and wellbeing. Consultation is the starting point for casework. Decisions about the extent and nature of EP involvement, beyond statutory requests, are based on the professional judgement of the EP following discussion and consideration of impact, vulnerability, young persons views, readiness to change and professional boundaries.
As well as working to link schools, Educational Psychologists also apply their psychological skills and knowledge by working to support staff training & development, project - based interventions and undertaking pieces of research on behalf of the authority, In this way, a large number of children and young people benefit from EPS support.
What are we working on just now?
We undertake a range of research and development in partnership with schools, the education authority, and other organisations; and in response to national priorities. Click here to find out more [26Kb]