Posts tagged Child Mental Health
Children in need of help and protection (CIN) Review: Final data and analysis

In March 2018, the government launched a review into Children in Need (CIN). The evidence showed CIN on average have poorer outcomes at every stage of education than their peers and are more likely than other children not to be in education, employment or training (NEET) after age 18.

This document looks at the records between 2012-13 and 2017-18, particularly at the characteristics and interactions that CIN received from services.

Key statistics from the report include:

Between 2012/13 and 2017/18, there were at least 1.6m children in need of social care services. This equates to around 1 in 10 children in 2018 who were in need at some point in the previous 6 years 

  • 98% of state schools had at least 1 pupil who was CIN 

  • CIN pupils are 50% less likely to achieve a good pass in English and Maths 

  • Pupils who were in need at the end of Key Stage 4 were around 3 times less likely to go on to study A levels at age 16, and almost 5 times less likely to enter higher education at age 18 .

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"Left to Their Own Devices: Young People, Social Media and Mental Health" Barnardo's Report June 2019

Barnardo’s has released a research report into young people’s use of social media, with a specific focus on the effect of using social media platforms on mental health. The authors explored the views of children and young people, parents/guardians/carers and frontline Barnardo’s practitioners.

The report found that:

  • 78% of practitioners working with children aged between 11 and 15 had accessed unsuitable or harmful content through social media

  • 84% of practitioners working with children aged between 11 and 15 were able to use social media to access advice and help for mental wellbeing

  • Children and young people want guidance on social media to focus on the stories of children and young people who have first-hand experience of social media.

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Children's Understanding of Depression Research Summary - Association for Child and Adolescent Health

A summary of new research conducted by the Association for Child and Adolescent Health which looks at children’s understanding of depression, based on their study of fictional texts. Children aged between 8 and 12 took part in the research. Researchers found that children tended to anticipate negative outcomes if the character's depression had not been treated. 1/3 of the children who took part in the research expected that there would be a deterioration in the fictional child's emotional state and children aged 11 and 12 years were naturally more sophisticated in their thinking about depression.

The research highlights the need for preventative school-based interventions in primary school that address the misconceptions that children have towards mental health, in particular anxiety and depression.

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BBC Teach Resources on Supporting Transition from Primary to Secondary School

A comprehensive resource webpage from BBC Teach, with toolkits, lesson plans and activities designed by the BBC and partners including Young Minds which aims to provide advice and guidance on how best to support students as they transition from primary school to secondary school. The guides cover advice and guidance on mental health and emotional wellbeing, getting to grips with increasing workloads and how parents, guardians and carers can help best support their child/children as they go through the transition stage.

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""Now You See Us": Identifying and responding to the scale of social, emotional and mental health needs in primary school children" nurtureUK Report

A new report released by nurtureUK which explores the core social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs of primary school students with reference to data gathered by use of the Boxall Profile, designed by nurtureUK. Staff from 30 primary schools across England took part and they reported that use of the Boxall Profile helped them to better identify and respond to the SEMH needs of their students.

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Public Health England Online Stress and FOMO Key Stage 3 and 4 PSHE/RSE Lesson Plan

A great lesson plan and set of resources produced by Public Health England focussing on Online Stress and FOMO for use in Key Stage 3 and 4 PSHE and RSE lessons. The lesson plans explore how students can reduce the levels of online stress they are experiencing and understanding the importance of asking for help when it is needed.

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Talking Mental Health Animation and Toolkit: Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

A toolkit produced by the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families aimed at providing primary school students with an understanding of mental health and the difference between “every day feelings” and “big feelings” as well as developing an understanding of what good listening skills look like.

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Children & Young People's Mental Health: The Facts

A new factsheet from The Centre for Mental Health which brings together the current key facts and figures about children and young people’s mental health in the UK.

Information provided includes:

  • The most common type of mental health condition which children experience are conduct disorders

  • 75% of adults with a diagnosable mental health problem experience their first symptoms before the age of 24.

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BooksForTopics Best Books by Year Group Lists for Infant and Primary Schools

The BookForTopics team has compiled a list of books that they believe should be read by each Year Group to help with their academic, social and emotional development. Book suggestions cover a wide range of themes and have been selected to be age-appropriate whilst encouraging students to think more about the world they live in.

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Charlie Waller Memorial Trust Resources for Schools

The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust have a plethora of resources to help teachers to talk about mental health and emotional wellbeing in schools with students in a evidence-based and effective way. Resources available on their page include Exam Wellbeing guides, draft Wellbeing Plans and low mood posters which can be printed off and displayed in staff rooms and common rooms.

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Unexplained Pupil Exits from Schools: A growing problem? Education Policy Institute Report

A new report from the Education Policy Institute exploring new research on the growing number of unexplained school exits in England. The report uses data on children who reached year 11 in 2016/17, 2013/14, and 2010/11 and is the first report on pupil exits to take into account exits due to family reasons.

Findings include:

  • one in three pupils in contact with the social care system experienced an unexplained exit;

  • around one in four pupils with social, emotional or mental health needs experienced an unexplained exit

  • roughly one in eight pupils with Black or mixed Black and White ethnic backgrounds experienced an unexplained exit.

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Expert Advice and Guidance Videos - Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing from The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families has produced a series of videos which are based on providing more information, advice and guidance to frontline professionals working with children, young people and their families on mental health and emotional wellbeing. Each video contains information, advice and guidance delivered by an expert in the area covered in that video.

The topics covered by the videos include:

  • Anxiety

  • Measuring Pupil Wellbeing

  • Depression in Adolescents

  • Bereavement

  • Low Mood

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"Young People, Internet Use and Wellbeing-Technology in the Home" SWGfL Report

A report by the Internet Safety organisation SWGfL which looks at children and young people’s use of the Internet and technology in the home. The report provides findings from a survey of 9,154 children and young people between Year 2 and Year 13 living in the UK and a survey of parents conducted by Mumsnet.

The report has found that:

  • Young people are likely to turn to their parents for help until they reach their teenage years

  • As young people get older, they believe they know more about digital technology than their parents

  • Young people become more and more confident about bypassing technical house rules as they get older

  • There may be evidence to suggest as children get older they aren’t aware their internet access is being monitored.

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Early Intervention Foundation Resource: "Reducing Parental Conflict"

A guide produced by the Early Intervention Foundation originally for commissioners and leaders of services for children and families on how to engage with disadvantaged and vulnerable parents and how to reduce the impact of parental conflict on the physical health, mental health and emotional wellbeing of children.

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"Numbing the Pain: Survivors' voices of childhood sexual abuse and addiction" One in Four Report

One in Four, a charity for survivors of sexual violence and abuse, has released a report about childhood sexual abuse and addiction. Findings from the report, based on personal accounts by survivors, include:

  • drugs and alcohol were used by some survivors as a means of regulating their emotions

  • addiction services rarely made the link between substance use and the trauma caused by childhood sexual abuse.

Recommendations include: train staff in addiction services to respond to disclosure; establish a process for supporting survivors and create links between local addiction services and survivor support agencies.

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