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Statutory Duties

Statutory Duties

The maintenance of a Psychological Service has been a statutory duty of a Local Authority since 1969. The statutory functions of the Psychological Service are given in detail in the Education (Scotland) Act 1981 (as amended).

Like others working with children, the Psychological Service is also bound by the general principles of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995. These principles underpin many aspects of the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act (2009) and the associated Supporting Children's Learning, Code of Practice. That is,

  • Psychologists must not intervene directly with a child unless that is clearly in the child's best interests and any recommendations they make should be based solely on the best interests of the child.
  • They should consult the child before any such intervention and should discuss the results of any assessment with the child, insofar as he or she is able to understand the implications of what is being discussed.
  • The psychologist's intervention should be as non-intrusive as possible; those working with the children should, wherever possible, use the psychologist on a consultative basis.

In their work with schools, Educational Psychologists ensure that direct contact with a child or young person is only made when a process of staged intervention has shown it to be to the child's advantage.

If you are emailing us

If emailing the Educational Psychology Service, please be careful not to include any information within your email which could identify you or anyone else; the email facility is for general enquiries only.

Please call one of the numbers below if you wish to discuss personal information about the support needs of a specific child, young person or family.

For Further Information Contact

Educational Psychology Service
Kilncraigs, Greenside Street, Alloa, FK10 1EB
Tel: 01259 226000 / 450000 Fax: 01259 226006