Southampton

Southampton is the birth place of the ELSA initiative. In addition to a well-established programme for the training of and continuing professional development for School ELSAs, Southampton Psychology Service also employs four peripatetic ELSAs (known now in the city as ‘EWDOs’ – Emotional Well-being Development Officers) to work in city schools alongside ELSAs and other school staff. The city has worked with other authorities to help them set up their own school and peripatetic ELSA projects, and is currently in the process of publishing its training materials. We subscribe to the ‘four roles of the ELSA’ model (click here to view).