Adversity and Trauma-Informed Practice

 A short guide for professionals working on the frontline which covers what is childhood adversity and trauma, what the impact is on young lives, spotting the signs of trauma, what is trauma informed practice and what support you might need as a professional.

There is a range of guidance that relates to children’s and young people’s emotional health and wellbeing. Some of this guidance will directly relate to schools and colleges and others will indirectly link as they play such as integral role in a young person’s life.

Behaviour and discipline in schools: guidance for head teachers and staff

This guidance is for school leaders and school staff. It applies to all schools and explains the powers members of staff have to discipline pupils. The ‘Getting things right’ document is a checklist of actions to take to encourage good behaviour in pupils.

Counselling in schools: a blueprint for the future

This guidance is about providing counselling as a psychological therapy to improve the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people. It applies to all primary and secondary schools and is for: school leaders; head teachers; governing bodies; and those with day-to-day responsibility for mental health issues in schools such as: counsellors, clinical supervisors and managers of school counselling services.

Five Year Forward View on Mental Health

Formed in March 2015, the independent Mental Health Taskforce brought together health and care leaders, people who use services and experts in the field to create a Five Year Forward View for Mental Health for the NHS in England.

Future in Mind

Formed in March 2015, this report has recommendations from a taskforce co-chaired by NHS England and the Department of Health on promoting, protecting and improving our children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

Kooth is a free, safe, confidential and non-stigmatised way for young people to receive counselling, advice and support online. The service is accessible for all 11-18 year olds in the area, and accepts self-referrals by young people. Kooth delivers 1000’s of counselling sessions each year across the UK Counsellors are available until 10pm each night, 365 days per year, providing a much needed out of hours service for advice and help.

Local action on inequalities: Building children and young people’s resilience in schools

It is a summary of a more detailed evidence review on the same topic and is intended primarily for directors of public health, public health teams and local authorities. This briefing and accompanying evidence reviews are part of a series commissioned by PHE to describe and demonstrate effective, practical local action on a range of social determinants of health.

Mental health and behaviour in schools. Departmental advice for school staff

This guidance is for school staff and applies to all schools. It gives advice on: how and when to refer to the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS); supporting children with emotional and behavioural difficulties; strengthening pupil resilience; how to identify pupils likely to need extra support; and where and how to access community support

Promoting children and young people’s emotional health and wellbeing: a whole school and college approach

The 8 principles in this document are informed by evidence and practitioner feedback about what works, and if applied consistently and comprehensively will contribute towards helping protect and promote student emotional health and wellbeing (H&W). The document signposts to Ofsted inspection criteria, practice examples and resources to support implementation.

NICE: Social and emotional wellbeing for children and young people

This interactive flowchart links to NICE guidance, resources and quality standards for the social and emotional wellbeing of primary and secondary school children.

The link between pupil health and wellbeing and attainment: a briefing for head teachers, governors and staff in education settings

This briefing provides a broad, succinct scope of the scientific evidence highlighting the link between health and wellbeing and educational attainment. It underlines the value for schools of promoting health and wellbeing as an integral part of a school effectiveness strategy, and highlights the important contribution of a whole-school approach.

Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision: a green paper

Published December 2017, this green paper sets out the ambition that children and young people who need help for their mental health are able to get it when they need it. Key ambitions include: a mental health lead in every school, mental health support teams working with schools and colleges and shorter waiting times for CAMHS.

Support for Children and Young People’s Emotional Health and Wellbeing (2017-2022)

This Local Transformation Plan refresh has been used as an opportunity to bring together two Clinical Commissioning Groups and three Local Authorities to develop shared priorities across the geographical area of Plymouth, Devon and Torbay. A key priority of this plan is to develop and support resilience in families, schools, colleges, local communities and services.