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Guidance & Counselling

Posted by Francis O' Toole on December 2, 2011

It has come to my attention that the present Government is considering abolishing Guidance & Counselling within our education system.

The consequences of such a change in the forthcoming budget would seriously impact on the provision of guidance and counselling in our schools.

Diminishing the counselling role.

Students would be deprived of access to one – one counselling support for a wide range of personal problems and issues, self esteem, family breakdown, mental health issues, self harm, bereavement , stress etc. Vulnerable young people will be at even greater risk.

Holistic Guidance.

The holistic role of guidance which supports students as they make educational, career and personal decisions in a developmental manner would be decimated. There would be minimal guidance for further and higher education choices. ESRI research shows school is the frame around which students make important decisions.

ESRI research also shows the need for more guidance, particularly one to one guidance and guidance for junior cycle students.

Pastoral Care.

Pastoral care structures would be impaired without the imput of a professional guidance counsellor whose role is central to that support system

School Ethos. It would do untold damage the trusting/caring atmosphere which the guidance counsellor fosters in collaboration with other staff members in the school.

Referral.It would remove the critical role Guidance Counsellors playin referring students who are at serious risk to the appropriate external professional agencies.

Students right to ‘appropriate guidance’It seriously questions the Government’s commitment to the provision of Guidance under section 9 (c ) of the Education Act.

If you care for our young people – speak out and voice your opinion, we need your support – contact the Minister and local politicians.


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