Psychological Service

Frequently asked questions

What does an Educational Psychologist do? 

Educational Psychologists have extensive training and experience working with children and young people. They apply psychology and research to understand behaviour, feelings, thinking and relationships. This occurs at the individual (child & family) and systemic (Local Authority and school) level. Educational Psychologists have 5 core functions: consultation, assessment, intervention, training, and research.

For more details on these five core functions  view our film and powerpoint titled The Role of Educational Psychologist.

How can I access an Educational Psychologist and how often will I see them?

View our film for details about accessing an Educational Psychologist. As a parent, you can contact us. Please provide the name of the school your child attends and we can put you in contact with the liaison Educational Psychologist for the school.

What age ranges do you (EPs/PSHVTs) work with?

Educational Psychologists work with children and young people from birth to 19 years of age, and increasingly up to the age of 24.

Pre-School Home Visiting Teachers work with children from birth to the October of the Child beginning Primary 1.

What do Educational Psychologists do when working directly with children?

Educational Psychologists work through those who know the child best and aim to be most effective and least intrusive. On occasions where we do work directly with a child, the details of this work will be negotiated with the parents.

What does an Educational Psychology assessment look like?

View our film for details about an educational psychology assessment.

What do Educational Psychologists do during school holidays?

View our film for details about what Educational Psychologist do during school holidays.

What is a Child’s Plan?

A Child’s Plan is a single plan to document targeted intervention for a child with a wellbeing need. The creation and review of Child’s Plans is supported by recent legislation, Child and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014.

What is a solution focused meeting (SFM)?

Read our leaflet.

What is a Joint Admissions Group (JAG)?

The Joint Admissions Group headed up by the Additional Support Needs Manager considers applications for special schools and specialist bases in mainstream schools. Submissions to JAG usually follow child plan meetings and reviews involving parents or carers, schools and professionals involved including the Educational Psychologist and or Pre-School Home Visiting Teacher.


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