Children and young people

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Relate Mid Yorkshire’s children and young people’s counselling service is for anyone aged 5 to 18 who is having problems at home, with their family, friends or at school. Our counsellors are able to help children and young people to talk about the things that are worrying them.  time and time again our young clients tell us that seeing a counsellor helps because they are ‘outside’ their situation and they can talk really honestly.

Our counsellors can help young people to talk honestly and openly, and can support them with problems such as family breakdown, bereavement, moving in with a second family or bullying at school. Everything our young clients say stays confidential, and our counsellors do not tell anyone outside Relate Mid Yorkshire anything unless the young person asks us to do so, or the counsellor is worried about their  safety or the safety of someone else.  Before doing this, we would always try to discuss this with the young client first.

The opportunity to talk with a trusted, professional counsellor has a positive impact on many areas of children and young people’s lives. It can help increase their self-esteem and confidence, enable them to communicate better with their peers, teachers and families and increase their ability to focus and engage in learning. This ensures that they are better equipped to achieve, enjoy life and make a positive contribution.

Relate Mid-Yorkshire treats child protection and the safeguarding of children with the utmost priority. Relate has been working closely with the NSPCC to ensure that our policy and procedures are robust and relevant to our work. All our counsellors and staff are DBS checked to an enhanced level.

We recognise that some of our young clients may be affected by issues such as domestic violence and abuse, as well as physical, emotional and sexual abuse or neglect. Relate makes sure that all practitioners are able to sensitively approach such cases and are supported to deal with cases appropriately.

For young people older than 12, we prefer it if an adult is aware that the young person is coming to counselling. However, if they don’t want anyone to know, that’s OK, they can just let us know when the appointment is arranged and their counsellor will discuss it with them. For children under 12, we will meet with a parent or carer for the first appointment before beginning ongoing appointments with the child.