We are open for face to face appointments and remote appointments are still available. Our Dove Buddies groups are up and running in multiple locations and we have a new weekly Bereavement Support Group in Burslem
If you call our Head Office on 01782 683155 we will take some basic information from you regarding the child you are concerned about.
Our team of trained children and young people’s Counsellors will then make an appointment to do an assessment with the child or young person (via telephone or Zoom video call) to determine what the best support would be at this time. Initial assessments may take place in school or via Zoom.
We do ask that all children under the age of 14 be accompanied to their session by an appropriate adult, but will be given the choice whether or not to have that adult present during their counselling. The Child or Young person will be given that choice at each of their sessions, so they can always change their mind.
(NB. This process may vary slightly depending on area).
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If your GP or your child’s school refers your child, you may find that they contact CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services). If there are no clear mental health symptoms, but there is a mention of the child experiencing issues relating to bereavement, loss or life-changing illness, CAMHS will contact the referrer with our (The Dove Service) contact information.
If you are a professional you may also be able to refer into us via Families Matter (as long as you match their criteria) or via the SPA Meetings
If you find that the child or young person you are concerned about is outside our referral areas counselling could be paid for at our standard fee per session. Please contact us on 01782 683155 for more information regarding this.
The Dove Service operates from a number of locations across Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire.