Mental Health & Wellbeing
WELLBEING AWARD FOR SCHOOLS
Cleves have embarked on the Wellbeing Award for Schools which will enable us to celebrate and improve the work we have been doing here to support mental health and emotional wellbeing.
We are aiming to create a whole school approach promoting emotional wellbeing and positive mental health across the whole school community. It is important that all pupils, parents and school staff are part of this and help contribute towards a healthy understanding of the importance of emotional health.
At Cleves we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of all our pupils. We know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable, and at times anyone may need additional emotional support. We take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s business and that we all have a role to play.
Tools we use to identify and support:
- The Wellbeing survey we sent to all stakeholders at the beginning of the term.
- PASS Survey, every child does this twice a year in class and focuses on learning and wellbeing.
- Ethnographic surveys, in depth surveys carried out with a few children to establish areas of specific need for the child and the school.
- End of school year surveys for parents, staff and pupils to complete and reflect on how the school year has been.
We offer different levels of support:
- Universal Support - To meet the needs of all our pupils through our overall ethos and our curriculum. For instance, developing resilience for all and creating a strong community for everyone to feel like they belong.
- Additional support - For those who may have short term needs and those who may have been made vulnerable by life experiences such as bereavement and difficult circumstances outside of school.
- Targeted support - For pupils who need more differentiated support and resources or specific targeted interventions such as Learning Space, Drawing and Talking. Referrals to outside agencies, for example Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS).
Examples of our support:
- Drawing and Talking
- Gardening Club
- Learning Space
- Nurture room and groups
- School Counsellors
- Transition to secondary school programs
- Whole class yoga and lunchtime clubs
- PSHE lessons
- Lunchtime clubs
- Welfare Officer
- Speech and Language Support
- Physio Support
Directory of Services
- Young Minds - a fantastic organisation offering free, confidential online and telephone support, including information and advice, to any adult worried about the emotional problems, behaviour or mental health of a child or young person. www.youngminds.org.uk
- ChildLine - ChildLine is the UK’s free helpline for children and young people. It provides a confidential telephone counselling service for any child or young person with a problem. It comforts, advises and protects. So, if you are worried about anything, big or small – don’t bottle it up. It can really help if you talk to someone. If there is something on your mind, ChildLine is there for you. You can visit the Childline Explore section for advice and information on a range of topics. Also, you can get support on the online message boards. ‘Everyone helps each other out and is going through the same things as me – it’s a really welcoming place’ Freephone 0800 1111 (24 hours and the call won’t show on your phone bill) www.childline.org.uk
- Kooth Free online support for young people. Kooth counsellors are online Monday-Friday, 12 noon till 10pm and weekends, 6pm till 10pm. www.kooth.com
- Every Mind Matters | One You - A public health England and NHS site to help people take simple steps to look after their mental health, improve their mental wellbeing and support others.
- Winston’s Wish - The death of a parent, brother or sister is one of the most fundamental losses a child will ever face. At Winston’s Wish, they believe that bereaved children need support to make sense of death and rebuild their lives. The Winston’s Wish Helpline offers support, information and guidance to all those caring for a bereaved child or young person. Helpline 08452 03 04 05 (Monday – Friday, 9am to 5pm, and Wednesday evenings, 7pm to 9.30 pm) www.winstonswish.org.uk
- Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) information for parents and carers - 0203 260 5200
Other Useful Links
- Talking Mental Health - video for children to watch to help them understand what mental health means.
- Parents’ Survival Guide
- Parents Helpline
- A-Z of Mental Health
Helpline Contact Numbers