Educational Psychology Service - What we do

We have a statutory function, which includes the giving of advice about a child or young person's additional support needs to parents/carers, educational establishments and the local authority.

We have five core functions:

  • Consultation
  • Assessment
  • Intervention
  • Training
  • Research

The majority of our work is requested through a process of consultation, where a problem solving dicussion takes place and solutions are identified by everyone involved in the discussion.

We might be asked to support establishments in taking forward key priorities such as nurturing approaches; Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) approach; project work in early years. We might be asked to provide training to school staff, social workers, health colleagues or parents and carers on topics such as loss and bereavement; attachment; nurturing approaches; improvement methodology. We might also be asked to work individually with a child or young person who is vulnerable and at risk.   

Each educational psychologist works within a learning community, which consists of early years, primary school, secondary school and specialist provisions. The educational psychologist will work in partnership with those who know the child or young person best, to ensure s/he becomes a successful learner, confident individual, effective contributer and responsible citizen.

All educational psychologists are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and further information can be obtained from the HCPC website.