Sandcastles Play Therapy

Ten or twelve fully-funded therapy sessions per pupil, led by a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Sessions will include a range of therapeutic activity (including use of sand, puppets, music, movement, role-play, clay, arts and crafts and toys) to build rapport and communication with the pupil with the aim of forming a safe and warm therapeutic relationship to explore their emotional world (to help identify, work through and resolve emotional conflicts). 

This is a highly therapeutic intervention and so will be suitable for a very limited number of highly vulnerable pupils. These pupils may or may not have SEND but will have been touched by adverse childhood experiences, including:

  • domestic violence
  • parental abandonment through separation or divorce
  • a parent with a mental health condition
  • being the victim of abuse (physical, sexual and/or emotional)
  • being the victim of neglect (physical and emotional)
  • a member of the household being in prison
  • growing up in a household where adults are experiencing alcohol and drug use problems

If the pupil has experienced/is experiencing any of the preceding stressful events, then they will be considered for a therapeutic intervention and you should complete a referral. 

Please complete the attached Sandcastles referral form and Parental consent. Return both completed forms by password.