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Time to admit it - we need permanent Mental Health Specialists in Schools

Discussion in 'Scotland - education news' started by Gavster77, Sep 2, 2019.

  1. Gavster77

    Gavster77 New commenter

    This news story says it all about the waiting list for CAMHS:

    This is an underreporting of the situation in many ways as the waiting list can be much longer. As a part time worker in the ASN base in my school all I have seen used to resolve the situation while young people wait is the discipline system and expulsion/suspension.

    We need behavioural and educational psychologists on site, permanently, in schools - for teacher, adult staff and kids' mental wellbeing.

    In extreme cases, vulnerable kids are either voting with their feet, families are removing them or schools are removing them to a cycle of hopscotching from school to school with them achieving little.

    We are really failing these kids - and its the poorest, most vulnerable and blighted families that are suffering.
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  2. bigjimmy2

    bigjimmy2 Established commenter

    I think it's more basic than your description, Gav. We need social workers in school, primarily to take over the non-teachng role that Pastoral Care has morphed into.

    Perhaps Social Work could attempt to sort out the family problems we hear so much about. A psychologist cannot fix problems a child has in isolation.

    Perhaps we need to get more pupils with problems into specialised schools where their needs would be better-cared for.

    Dare I suggest that people with "chaotic lives" be discouraged from having children?

    Nearly all teachers simply ain't qualified to deal with the multitude of social problems we see in state schools today. Our expertise is in "teaching", not in 21st century social problems. Consequently, we can only "deal" with problem children through rather blunt and ineffective means.

    We shouldn't lose sight of our own mental health either. More teachers need to be more selfish in this regard and demand that management support rather than blame them.

    None of this is going to happen, simply because it costs.

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