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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-20288: Alexander Burnett (Aberdeenshire West)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 29 November 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what progress it is making with its commitment in the Programme for Government to create around 350 counsellors in to ensure that every secondary school has counselling services; by what date this target will be met, and how much funding is being allocated toward this.

Answered by: John Swinney 11 December 2018

The creation of school counsellors in school education across Scotland is part of a package of measures to ensure that children and young people get the support that they need. We know that early experiences have lasting impacts for childhood and beyond so early intervention is crucial.

We have developed a suite of aims and principles for the delivery of this commitment and are taking forward discussions with key partners. To ensure that the commitment is met in full by September 2020 we are providing a package of around £27 million in the first two years of implementation. This will support the delivery and employment of counsellors across Scotland.