One of the recommendations identified during the Whole School Approaches to Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing in Liverpool review, was that schools would benefit from the development of a Liverpool-based mental health and emotional wellbeing toolkit.
This toolkit contains a range of resources and local information designed to help teaching staff to recognise early signs of mental health issues and, working alongside the school’s ROAR or Mental Health First Aid Champion, decide on the appropriate action to take to support the child.
You can view the school/education setting’s mental health and emotional wellbeing policy – including a version aimed at supporting young carers here.
October saw the launch of our citywide Whole School Approach to mental health schools’ pathway for secondary and primary schools.
The pathway model aims to support school staff in identifying the level of support needed for a child or young person, and also guides them as to what support is available. It is another step towards the national initiative to have fully trained mental health leads in all schools and will be utilised by the developing mental health support teams in schools.
Click on the images below to view the pathways:
What do I do if I’m worried about the mental health or emotional wellbeing of a child?
These flowcharts have been created to enable school staff to follow simple steps if they are concerned about a pupil and to help identify if further support is required. Click the links below:
You can download the thermometer featured in these flowcharts click here
Information sheets – signs to look for and how to help
We have developed a range of information sheets covering pupils’ situations, feelings and behaviours that staff in schools and education establishments may encounter. Being able to identify the signs and confidently offer early intervention, can prevent problems from escalating.
The Liverpool Neurodevelopmental Offer is made up of a number of organisations that also provide information to schools.
There is a range of information guides and resources explaining the range of neurodevelopmental conditions, such as Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Sensory Processing Difficulties (SPD), including how to recognise signs through to advice on how to manage and support children with these conditions.
You can access resources regarding neurodevelopment conditions through the following links:
More resources and information about neurodevelopmental support and top tips can be found in the Early Help Directory