Any Dorset, Hampshire, Somerset or Wiltshire agency may refer to the Family Counselling Trust service.
These agencies include GPs, Schools, Paediatricians, CAMHS, Children’s Centres as well as other VCS partners. There is a standard referral form that needs to be completed. Please follow these steps to download the form and send it to your local FCT Team.
Please note that all referrals must meet our criteria (see below), and provision of counselling is subject to availability of funds at the time of application.
Children and young people up to age 18 with:
Mild anxiety and obsessional behaviour
Early concerns about body image, eating and weight which are interfering with functioning
Challenging behaviour and difficulty regulating emotions
Being bullied, bullying others and peer group difficulties
School refusal or non-attendance
Problems arising from bereavement, family break up, loss or upheaval
Family communication and relationship issues
Minor issues with substance misuse
Emotional and behaviour problems arising from physical illness or disability
Victims of Sexual Abuse
Difficulties with gender and/or sexual identity
Social Media pressures
Who we can help
Children and young people who generally have more complex or long-term disorders need more specialist help, so FCT cannot treat the following conditions:
Severe anxiety and obsessional behaviour
Severe challenging behaviour, conduct disorder
Risky, dangerous or suicidal behaviour
Severe substance misuse
Children who are in the care of the local authority
Children on a Child Protection Plan/Order
Severe post traumatic disorder difficulties
Severe learning disability
* Please be aware that FCT is unable to accept any referrals where there are safeguarding concerns. Please click here for how to report safeguarding concerns in your area.
Who we can't help
STEP 1 - CHECK OUR CRITERIA
Before sending a referral form, please ensure the parent/carer has spoken to the child/young person and explained that you may be seeking counselling. As we are keen to make the best use of our resources, it is important that the child/young person is willing.
STEP 2 - DOWNLOAD REFERRAL FORM
Please ensure you read the 'guidance for referrers' on the form fully, and provide as much detail as you can.
STEP 3 - SEND FORM TO YOUR LOCAL FAMILY LIASION OFFICER.
Here you will find the contact details of the Family Liaison Officer in your county. Please email the form to the FLO who will be happy to answer any questions you have.
Family Liaison Officer
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
The FLO will acknowledge receipt of your referral & may ask you for additional details. A call will be arranged with the family to discuss.
If the referral fits our criteria, our referral panel of mental health professionals review the case & decide if FCT can help.
(If we cannot offer appropriate help, the Family Liaison Officer will suggest alternative routes to the family.)
The family will receive an offer with details of the counsellor(s) they have been matched with. The Family Liaison Officer lets the counsellors know they have been offered sessions.
The family choose which counsellor they want to work with and get in touch with them directly to arrange the first session.
On completion of the sessions, you will be sent a closing letter with an outcome & monitoring summary.