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Dudley educational and child psychology service

Dudley educational and child psychology service (DECPS) is commissioned by Dudley Council to optimise the learning, development and emotional well-being of children and young people in the borough. The service is provided by an established team of educational psychologists.

What is an educational psychologist?

Educational psychologists:

  • Are psychology graduates who have undertaken additional professional training to qualify as educational psychologists

  • Have previous experience of working with children, for example as teachers

  • Are trained to understand how children and young people learn and develop

  • Have knowledge of a range of psychological approaches and research methodology

  • Work to prevent or overcome barriers to learning and healthy social and emotional development for children and young people

  • Abide by the Health Professions Council standards for practitioner psychologists

  • (Note: the qualification is professional not medical)

In our work as applied psychologists we:

  • Use our knowledge of effective psychological approaches to help with specific issues

  • Work with children and young people aged between birth and 19 years and the adults who provide education and care for them

  • Require informed consent from the parents or carers of any child or young person who we are asked to discuss or be involved with

  • Carry out work in mainstream schools, children’s centres, specialist educational provision, community centres or with families at home

  • Provide consultation, assessment and advice on interventions for individuals or groups of children and young people

  • Consult with parents, carers, staff in schools and a range of other support agencies to build our understanding of a situation or need and formulate our advice

  • Provide feedback in an appropriate format on our work

  • Run short interventions or projects

  • Provide detailed psychological advice when an assessment of special educational needs is being considered by Dudley Council

  • Deliver training and provide other professional support for those involved in educating and caring for children and young people

  • Are often called upon by Dudley Council to advise or join working/consultation groups on issues concerned with organisation and policy planning

  • Draw on our research background to plan and carry out research activities

For further information please contact:

The Mere Education Centre, Lawnswood Road, Wordsley, Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY8 5PQ

tel: 01384 814359