What is a Psychological Service?

There is a statutory duty on every education authority in Scotland to provide a psychological service for their area. Glasgow Psychological Service is the largest service in Scotland and one of the largest in the UK.

Glasgow aspires to become the Nurturing City and to support this aim Glasgow Psychological Service strives to be a service that keeps the wellbeing of all children, young people and their families at the centre of its work.

In partnership with parents/carers, Education Services staff and our colleagues in the Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) we will apply psychology and evidence-based practice to support the inclusion of children and young people in their local schools and communities.  Focusing on building strengths and resilience, we will work together with others to support additional needs and improve outcomes for all.

For more information on the psychological service’s role, including our service’s vision, you can visit our page on the Glasgow City Council website.


Glasgow Psychological Service operates at three levels:

    1. Child and family
    2. School/establishment, learning community, or Local Improvement Group (LIG)
    3. Education Authority or Council

And delivers five core functions: consultation, assessment, intervention, training and research. More information on the role and function of the psychological service can be found by accessing the Glasgow Psychological Service page on Glasgow City Council’s website.

All educational psychologists are expected to conform to the standards exemplified in the BPS (British Psychological Society) Code of Ethics and Conduct (2018), and the HCPC (Health & Care Professions Council) Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics (2016).