What if I don’t want my child to receive counselling?
If a child requests counselling and is able to understand what is involved in the process, then they have the right to access counselling. Parents and carers may not deny them this right. All parents/carers of primary school aged children will be informed of any referral for counselling. This is usually done either directly by the schools or through an opt in/ out policy which you will be informed of when your child starts at school.
We are always happy to talk with you about any concerns that you may have about the idea of counselling and feel the more you are able to support your child in this process the more effective the counselling is likely to be.
What if s/he refuses to have Counselling?
The decision about whether or not to take up the offer of counselling is entirely voluntary for children just as it would be for an adult.