The Expert Parent's Guide to Childhood Anxiety
WELLBEING AWARD FOR SCHOOLS
Westmoor Primary school have embarked on an amazing journey that enables us to celebrate the fabulous work we have been doing here to support mental health and emotional wellbeing.
We are determined to create a whole school approach promoting emotional wellbeing and positive mental health across the whole school community; this will be at the heart of the culture and ethos of our school.
All pupils, parents and school staff are part of this journey and contribute towards a healthy understanding of the importance of emotional health. Our hope is to build confidence where every person involved flourishes in their thinking and learning around mental health.
This is a chance for us to be recognised and celebrate all the exceptional work that we have achieved within our school community, and a chance to celebrate our successes from over the last year.
Our vision is a community where children, families and staff are supported effectively to build on their strengths and to achieve their goals in life. We will continue to promote resilience and wellbeing to make a difference to people’s lives.
Thank you for you continued support in helping us raise happy, healthy, resilient young people!
At Westmoor Primary School, we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of all our pupils. We know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable, and at times anyone may need additional emotional support. We take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s business and that we all have a role to play.
At our school, we:
Help children to understand their emotions and feelings better.
Help children feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries.
Help children socially to form and maintain relationships.
Promote self-esteem and ensure children know that they count.
Encourage children to be confident and ‘dare to be different’.
Help children to develop emotional resilience and to manage setbacks.
We promote the ‘5’s’ – resilience, reflectiveness, resourcefulness, responsibility and readiness.
We offer different levels of support:
Universal Support - To meet the needs of all our pupils through our overall ethos and our curriculum. For instance, developing resilience for all.
Additional support - For those who may have short term needs and those who may have been made vulnerable by life experiences such as bereavement and difficult circumstances outside of school.
Targeted support - For pupils who need more differentiated support and resources or specific targeted interventions such as Draw and Talk or Therapeutic Play. Referrals to outside agencies, for example Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS).
Tools we use to identify and support:
Wellbeing questionnaires are delivered every year to staff, pupils and parents. Outcomes from this will develop an action plan which will be and reviewed termly.
Social, Emotional Profile Questionnaires (SEPQs) are delivered to all children in Key Stage 2 twice a year and the outcomes used to plan intervention support. We use software that records and monitors Wellbeing based on questions answered from the child. All Wellbeing interventions are discussed with parents and consent agreed before being delivered to pupils.
Lead staff member:
Wellbeing Support at Westmoor
Draw and Talk intervention sessions
Speech and Language Support
Family Matters – empowerment program for parents
Life Skills Group
Confidence Building Groups
Transition to secondary school programs
Directory of Services
Self-help websites for young people
Free online support for young people. Kooth counsellors are online Monday-Friday, 12 noon till 10pm and weekends, 6pm till 10pm.
Young Minds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. Just as people’s bodies can become unwell, people’s minds can become unwell too. Mental health problems are more common than you might think – three children in every classroom have a mental health problem. Young Minds offer information to young people and children about mental health and emotional wellbeing. If you need to talk, they can let you know about organisations that listen, plus they offer online support and info.
ChildLine is the UK’s free helpline for children and young people. It provides a confidential telephone counselling service for any child or young person with a problem. It comforts, advises and protects. So, if you are worried about anything, big or small – don’t bottle it up. It can really help if you talk to someone. If there is something on your mind, ChildLine is there for you. You can visit the Childline Explore section for advice and information on a range of topics. Also, you can get support on the online message boards. ‘Everyone helps each other out and is going through the same things as me – it’s a really welcoming place’
Freephone 0800 1111 (24 hours and the call won’t show on your phone bill)
Free, confidential telephone helpline finding young people the best help whatever the problem. Provides free connections to local or national services, and can text information to callers’ mobile phones.
Freephone 0808 808 4994 (7 days a week 1pm-11pm)
Samaritans volunteers listen in confidence to anyone in any type of emotional distress, without judging or telling people what to do.
Call 0116 123 (24 hours, 7 days a week)
Confidential information and advice for anyone concerned about their own or someone else’s drug or solvent misuse.
Freephone 0800 77 66 00 (24-hour service, free if calling from a landline and won’t show up on the phone bill, provides translation for non-English speakers)
Online community information, help and support for anyone affected by eating disorders.
Call 0845 634 7650 (Monday to Friday evenings, from 4.30pm to 8.30pm, and Saturdays, 1.00pm – 4.30pm)
Kidscape are the first charity in the UK established specifically to prevent bullying and sexual abuse. The website offers advice and practical skills on how to deal with bullying. Remember, no-one deserves to be bullied. Nearly everyone is bullied at some time in their lives: by brothers and sisters, by neighbours, by adults or by other children/young people. If you are being bullied, you may feel scared, vulnerable and quite alone but you owe it to yourself to try and sort out the situation so that the bullying stops.
Project created to inspire hope for young people facing harassment. A place where young people who are lesbian, gay, bi, or trans can see clips of other people’s coming out stories.
The death of a parent, brother or sister is one of the most fundamental losses a child will ever face. At Winston’s Wish, they believe that bereaved children need support to make sense of death and rebuild their lives. The Winston’s Wish Helpline offers support, information and guidance to all those caring for a bereaved child or young person.
Helpline 08452 03 04 05 (Monday – Friday, 9am to 5pm, and Wednesday evenings, 7pm to 9.30 pm)
Targeted Youth Services – 020 8303 7777
IMAGO – Young carers service – 0300 111 1110
CAMHS (child and adolescent mental health service) – 0203 260 5200
Please click on the link below that has an extensive list of support for parents, pupils and teachers.