A dedicated BCCS worker at Our Lady Immaculate

Many schools in the Essex and East London area currently benefit from having a dedicated BCCS worker who delivers vital mental-health services in the school setting. These workers are fully qualified and experienced mental health professionals and social workers who conduct thorough assessments and provide expert advice and support to both school staff, parents and families.

Why is this important?

They are a consistent and accessible presence in school and can respond quickly and effectively should the need arise. Early intervention is key in alleviating a child’s emotional burden and allows them to access the curriculum and be a fully functioning member of the school environment.

They pride themselves in working alongside school staff to support their understanding as to a pupil’s emotional wellbeing and their presence, not as a member of school staff, but as a counsellor or social worker, ensures the relationship with children is different. 

They strive to be flexible enough to fit within the systems that the school already has in place and aim to support the ethos and principles of the school in doing this.

How does it work?

Often referred to as a Service Level Agreement (SLA), BCCS has a formal commitment with many schools to provide weekly sessions in school to children and young people who are experiencing social, emotional or behavioural difficulties. These needs may be complex and have been previously identified by school staff and referred to us for our professional support. The school nominates a dedicated member of staff to liaise with the BCCS social worker or counsellor regarding the pupil’s development.

During these weekly sessions, the pupils are able to express themselves in a familiar space which is at the same time confidential and therapeutic. BCCS workers aim to empower pupils to make their own decisions and to build confidence, independence and resilience. They continue to work with pupils for as long as it is deemed professionally necessary.

Where necessary the BCCS worker will further liaise with the school, parents/carer and other professionals in order to plan the best way forward for the child.

BCCS workers remain neutral and non-judgemental in all dealings with children and young people and offer advice and support to schools in relation to safeguarding matters.

All BCCS social workers and counsellors receive regular supervision and training as part of their professional development. This allows us to provide the most effective service possible in the best interest of the child.

At all times, BCCS workers aim to adhere to the 1989 Children’s Act that states:

“The welfare of the child is paramount and the wishes and feelings of the child must be taken into consideration”.

 

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