Psychological support for children and young people

We use psychology in early years settings, schools and colleges to:

  • promote the learning, development and wellbeing of children and young people
  • work with families to understand and support their children's needs
  • enable children and young people to participate in plans and decisions that affect their lives
  • provide consultation, coaching and training for adults working with children and young people
  • conduct research and evaluation projects in order to achieve high quality provision for children and young people
  • undertake psychological assessment for children with special educational needs who require an education health and care plan

Our psychologists are qualified educational psychologists, registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). We have expertise in psychological theory and research that helps to understand how children and young people develop, think, feel, learn and behave. Our educational psychologists work with children and young people to advise, support and assist with their development, learning, or social and emotional needs.

We provide a range of specialist psychological skills and knowledge, including:

  • Solution focused approaches
  • Video interactive guidance
  • Clinical supervision
  • Critical incident trauma support
  • Person centred planning
  • Precision teaching
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Restorative approaches
  • Understanding working memory
  • Dynamic assessment
  • Therapeutic approaches, for example cognitive behavioural psychology, narrative approaches and personal construct psychology
  • Evidence based parenting programmes, for example Strengthening Families, Incredible Years and SPOKES (Supporting Parents on Kids Education in Schools)

How to request support

We accept requests for involvement from schools who'll have discussed the reasons for this and gained consent from parents/carers. If parents/carers think there is a need for our involvement they should approach the school's SEN co-ordinator (SENCo). In exceptional circumstances they may wish to contact the Psychology Service directly. Email psychology.service@plymouth.gov.uk or call 01752 224962 for more information.