Our work with schools consists of providing a range of training, advice and support around mental health issues in schools and providing resources for staff to use to support pupils’ mental health needs.
How we work
We promote a 'stepped' model of support within schools, which considers mental health to be everybody’s responsibility, but with certain staff having specific roles.
|Who is responsible?||What is the focus?||What do they do?|
|Step 4: Outside agencies, e.g. CAMHS, Social Care||Long-standing or acute moderate to severe mental health issues||Complex mental health interventions, family support|
|Step 3: In-school pastoral support||Mild-moderate and longer-term mental health issues||Targeted individual work, group programmes, family liaison|
|Step 2: In-school pastoral support||Early signs and mild mental health issues||Assessment, advice, self-help materials, referral within school|
|Step 1: All school staff||Recognition and identification of mental health issues||Identification, listening, signposting within school|
Our training and support is designed to fit with these steps, according to the needs of each individual school. For example:
Step 1: full staff training on mental health awareness.
Step 2: assessing and identifying mental health issues awareness-raising training on specific issues (e.g. anxiety or self-harm).
Step 3: skills-based training (e.g. interventions for anxiety management or responding to self-harm), discussion and advice around in-school support for individual pupils.
Step 4: discussion and advice around specialist support for individual pupils, and supporting referral processes.
Our training and support packages are designed individually with schools, based around their identified needs and current support structures in place. Please click here for more information about training sessions we have provided, and click here for more information on advice and support we provide.
All training and support provided is based on the most up to date research and evidence regarding children’s mental health. Sessions are designed to facilitate the development of both knowledge (i.e. better understanding) and skills (i.e. techniques and strategies) in relation to common mental health issues.