What is the Liverpool Whole School Approach (WSA)?

The Liverpool WSA is a citywide approach that aims to make mental health everyone’s business in Liverpool schools and other education establishments.

How does the Liverpool WSA support schools/education providers?

Working with a range of partners, the WSA supports education providers to develop their own internal whole school/system approach to ensure that the mental health needs of children/young people, their families and school staff are met. Based on the public health eight principles model, the Liverpool WSA model encourages schools to develop in the following areas:

1. Leadership and management that support and champion MH in education.
2. An ethos and environment that promotes mental health as everyone’s business.
3. Curriculum and teaching that builds resilience and promotes social emotional learning and mental health.
4. Pupil voice around mental health and wellbeing.
5. Staff understanding around mental health to support their own wellbeing and that of their pupils.
6. Better relationships with and support for parents/carers around mental health and wellbeing in their children.
7. Skills to spot, support and signpost in response to early signs of mental distress in children and young people.
8. Clear pathways for children and young people needing support with their mental health.

 

How does the Liverpool WSA support schools/education providers?

Working with a range of partners, the WSA supports education providers to develop their own internal whole school/system approach to ensure that the mental health needs of children/young people, their families and school staff are met based on the public health eight principles model.

The WSA, through the CAMHS partnership and wider providers, supports schools/education establishments to achieve this through a range of services providing the following:

  • CAMHS WSA Pathway providing targeted mental health support in schools through Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs), Wellbeing Clinics, Seedlings and wider CAMHS services.
  • Mental health promotion – through citywide campaigns, resources, training and social media.
  • Resilience buildingthrough training, 1:1 support, group work, youth work opportunities and curriculum advice and support.
  • Participation & co-production – providing opportunities for children and young people to have their voices heard in the development of services, through city-wide young people’s events and at service level.
  • Training – through a calendar of free training for education staff and citywide strategic training development around WSA.
  • Parent/Carer support through partner agencies coffee mornings, support, groups, targeted 1:1 parenting interventions and parent/carer participation forums.
  • Designated Mental Health Lead & SLT development through WSA network meetings, training, consultation, and resource development.