Most individual referrals to the educational psychology service come via the school or nursery setting a child attends, as EPs regularly visit educational establishments and work very closely with them. However parents/carers in the Dundee area are also welcome to contact the service directly if they have concerns or wish advice.
Before the educational psychologist will become involved in providing any advice or support to a school, nursery or other agency, the person seeking support should ensure they have permission from the parent/carer to talk to the psychologist about their child. The only exceptions would be 1) if the psychologist was part of a multi-agency team where there was already general consent from parents for individuals to be discussed (for example a school support team meeting, or a placement panel), or 2) if a young person over the age of 12 specifically requested support from the psychological service without their parent/carer being informed, which is highly unusual.
After this initial contact either by phone, email, letter, or face-to-face discussion as part of a routine visit to a school, the educational psychologist will come to a meeting, usually held in school/ nursery which should involve the parent/carer, the child or young person, if appropriate, and relevant education staff. Discussion at this meeting will begin to explore the issues and start to plan the best way forward to support the child in question with any barriers to their learning. The educational psychologist will seek to ensure that the views of the parent/carer and pupil are taken into account in any planning, and that the role of the EP is clear.
DEPS provide assessment that is consistent with the guidelines produced by the Scottish Division of Educational Psychology and the Association of Principal Educational Psychologists."
Contact us at:
Dundee Educational Psychology Service
St Ninian's Primary School
Dundee DD2 4HB
Tel: 01382 432980