Youth Workers

The 3rd sector have an invaluable contribution to make in schools, colleges and universities. Providing information, advice and support on issues relating to mental health and wellbeing. 

Why the contribution is important

Teachers, lecturers and other supports offered by institutions are not always the approachable or have the necessary skills or time to listen to what is being said. Involving the 3rd sector frees up teacher and lecturer time and referrals can be made by them with confidential exchange of emerging issues. 3rd sector more likely to been seen as user friendly rather than part of the establishment. 

by SusDon on November 07, 2018 at 09:57PM

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  • Posted by ScotParlModerator November 08, 2018 at 11:35

    Thanks SusDon - you've made some good points about the 3rd sector here - thanks for contributing!
  • Posted by Apple11 November 14, 2018 at 23:30

    There are many 3rd sector providers, but they are not universally known. provision varies between areas and access/referrals differ between referring practitioners. Young people in rural areas can be disadvantaged. Some of the most pressing difficulties for young people under 16, such as self-harm and related mental health difficulties are not supported by many 3rd sector providers, |Teacher or parents can have to engage in a heart-breaking search for anyone to help at all, being turned down many times in the process. To be able to make effective use of 3rd sector providers, there needs to be more universal provision and very clearly publicised services and signposting for referral.
  • Posted by Sarah87 November 25, 2018 at 18:43

    3rd party sectors will be invulable to ensure that the mental health crisis doesn't get anyworse. Howeve, counselling services in school are stretched and only offer limited availability for a limited time period. It's not good enough and many children need it long term. There isn't the external groups as most is over 16/18 and again a huge waiting list. CAMHS are stretched to its limit as well.

    A huge drive to train and increase counselling numbers is needed.
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