The Liverpool Whole School Approach
The Liverpool WSA is a citywide approach that aims to make mental health everyone’s business in Liverpool schools and other education establishments.
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…
Pupil voice around mental health and wellbeing:
“Staff in our schools listen to our views on mental health.”
Leadership and management:
“Leaders in our school promote mental health and wellbeing.”
An ethos and environment that promotes mental health as everyone’s business.
“Mental health is everyone’s business in my school.”
Curriculum and teaching that builds resilience and promotes social-emotional
learning and mental health.
“I learn about building resilience and looking after my mental health in my school.”
Staff understanding of mental health to support their own wellbeing and that of their pupils.
“We have processes and policies in place to support our own wellbeing as well as the pupils.”
Better relationships with and support for parents/carers around mental health and wellbeing in their children.
“My parents get lots of support from my school relating to my mental health and wellbeing.”
Skills to spot, support and signpost in response to early signs of mental distress in children and young people.
“Staff in my school know how to spot early signs of mental distress in pupils, and support them.”
Clear pathways for children and young people needing support with their mental health.
“If we need support for our mental health, there is a clear pathway for us to follow.”
You can read the 2020 citywide approach report here
How can I embed the WSA into my school?
Working with the CAMHS partnership and a range of providers, 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.
- 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 building – through 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 the 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.
How can pupils access support within their school?
Every school has a mental health lead and is linked to a member of the Education Mental Health Team.