Liverpool Schools Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Policy
One of the recommendations made during the Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing in Liverpool Citywide Review March 2017, was to ensure all school/education settings have a mental health and emotional wellbeing policy, and that the role of non-school partners is clearly defined in the policy.
In Liverpool, children and young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing is everyone’s business. By educating pupils, staff and parents about the issues surrounding mental health, the stigma can be reduced; by promoting positive mental health, pupils will develop skills and resilience techniques to cope with everyday challenges throughout their school years and beyond into adulthood.
This document outlines key elements of a Liverpool-based schools’ policy; it opens with an example policy statement which should be adapted to reflect your school’s ethos and aims in relation to mental health and emotional wellbeing.
The diagram to the left (click on the image to enlarge) presents eight principles to promote emotional health and wellbeing in schools and education establishments and should form the basis of your school’s statement. Each of these principles are further outlined in Public Health England’s Promoting children and young people’s emotional health and wellbeing A whole school and college approach
Download an editable version of the Schools Mental Health Policy here.
Young Carers Mental Health Policy
This version of the Schools Mental Health Policy is a guide to all staff – including non-teaching and governors – outlining an approach to identifying, assessing, and supporting young carers.
It should be read in conjunction with other relevant school policies.
This policy is written with regard to the Children and Families Act 2014 – Section 96, the Care Act 2014 – Section 63, and the Care Act 2014 – Section 64. The Government recognises that schools have a vital role to play and are ideally positioned to identify young carers and to initiate support.
Download an editable version of the Schools Young Carers Policy here.
If you have trouble accessing or downloading either of these policies, please Contact Us.
To download a copy of the Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing in Liverpool Citywide Review please Click Here
Notes to assist when adapting the policy for your setting:
- Don’t make it too lengthy, keep it concise and practical – easy to use
- Involve students, staff and parents/carers – invite them to contribute and offer their feedback
- Ensure key members of staff are named so colleagues know who is responsible for what and how concerns can be reported
- Set an annual date to review the policy, and ensure it’s updated should any changes to staff etc. take place.
- Ensure the policy is accessible – communicate it well internally and make it available for students and parents/carers to view