Dear Selwyn College, Cambridge,
This is a formal request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Could you please provide the following information:
In this FOI, when describing an ‘external Counselling provider’, this refers to any Counsellor who is not hired through the University’s Counselling Service.
1 - How many Counsellors does the College hire from an external Counselling provider to provide counselling or therapy for students during full term time?
2 - The name of the agency or company which the College is hiring Counsellors from.
3 - The hours of counselling the college hires external counsellors for during a week of full term.
4 - The skills or qualifications each of the College’s counsellors have and to what level.
5 - Does the College provide any other therapy or mental health support further to Counselling for students in the college for example nurses, therapists etc? Please list any.
6 - The skills or qualifications any of these employees hold and to what level.
7 - Does the College have any Counsellors who work for the University's Counselling Service?
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Thank you for your request.
Selwyn takes mental health issues very seriously and has recently significantly increased its financial support. It makes a full proportionate contribution to the university counselling service, and has supported an increase. Additionally, in the past two years it has almost doubled the number of hours of the college nurse and increased the provision from term-time only to year-round. This is all supplemented by the Dawson Fund, introduced in recent years and budgeted at £20,000 per annum to provide topical extra mental health support to students who need it.
Bursar and FOI Officer, Selwyn College Cambridge
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