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Council featured in national review

Argyll and Bute Council’s ongoing work to develop nurturing cultures across its school communities has been highlighted in Education Scotland’s National Health and Wellbeing Review.

The review was carried out by HM Inspectors and explores a range of approaches taken by local authorities to support the health and wellbeing of their young people, including ‘Our Children, their Nurturing Education’ – a strategy created by Argyll and Bute Council’s education service to ensure children and young people have the emotional and psychological support they need.

Argyll and Bute’s case study highlights the range of measures that are in place by the Council, including dedicated teachers who model nurturing strategies in schools and support staff to develop more nurturing learning environments and experiences.

Jennifer Crocket, the Council’s Head of Education (Lifelong Learning and Support) said: “A lot of work has gone into developing ‘Our Children, their Nurturing Education’, so it is great to see it being highlighted as a case study in this national review.

“We are committed to ensuring our children and young people have all the support they need to ensure positive health and wellbeing, and we have made huge progress in doing so.

“Our educational psychologists have been delivering a nurture programme to schools and we have recruited 10 school counsellors. Four Health and Wellbeing Support Workers/Family Liaison Workers are now in post, coaching is available for education staff, and our Seasons for Growth resources are supporting children and young people who have had to confront loss or change in their lives.

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