Posts tagged Emotional Wellbeing
Association of Sexting with Sexual Behaviours and Mental Health Among Adolescents

New research into the association between sexting and sexual behaviours and mental health amongst adolescents published by JAMA Pediatrics.

A meta-analysis of 23 studies comprising 41 723 participants found that adolescent sexting is significantly associated with sexual activity, multiple sexual partners, lack of contraception use, delinquent behavior, internalizing problems, and substance use. The associations between sexting and multiple sexual partners, drug use, smoking, and internalizing problems were stronger in younger compared with older adolescents.

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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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Art Works: Using the Arts to promote Emotional Health and Wellbeing in Schools

A report produced by City Arts which examines the Targeted Mental Health in Schools (TaMHS) project facilitated in Nottinghamshire which included arts activities which were designed to improve emotional health and wellbeing of students. 18 schools took part in the TaMHS project and the project evaluators found that arts projects based in schools could be used to help raise awareness of mental health issues and that the relationships forged between artists and students could open up conversations which students would otherwise feel unable to have with their teachers.

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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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The mental health impacts of divisive policies in schools- learning from the past

A new blog post by Dr David Woodhead which makes the case as to why LGBTQIA+ inclusive school policies and procedures and a LGBTQIA+ inclusive RSE Programme of Study matters in improving the mental health and emotional wellbeing of LGBTQIA+ students. Dr Woodhead draws on his experiences of Section 28 and the effect it had on student mental health and emotional wellbeing from the late 80’s to the early 2000s and beyond.

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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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The Power of Youth Social Action #IWill Impact Report

The #IWill campaign has produced an impact report exploring the positive outcomes which have resulted from young people engaging in youth social action projects in their local communities. The report shows that young people increasingly want to participate in youth social action projects as a way of getting their voices heard. The report includes sections on what good youth social action projects look like and the critical role that schools have to play in encouraging young people to engage in social action projects.

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"The Milk's in the Oven": A Booklet about Dementia for Children and Young People - The Mental Health Foundation

The Mental Health Foundation’s booklet designed to raise awareness of dementia amongst students in Key Stages and 3. The booklet includes information on describing memory loss, what happens when a loved one is experiencing memory loss as a result of developing dementia and what young people can to do help loved ones experiencing dementia.

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Teaching Body Image In a Digital World- Education Executive Article

An interesting article published in Education Executive which explores how teachers can teach about body image in a relevant and engaging way, with recourse to talking about the digital world. The article mentions the importance of students having access to PSHE and RSE lessons which focus on navigating the challenges of using social media in a positive way.

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Early Support for Military-Connected Families: Evaluation of services at NSPCC Military Sites

A new report by the NSPCC Learning team which evaluates interventions and services which are provided to military-connected families at NSPCC Military Sites.

Findings from the report include:

  • Drop-in services can provide the early-help support that children need to cope with the challenge of having a parent/parents who are in the Armed Forces

  • Parents who access drop-in services were more likely to feel less socially isolated and lonely

  • School-aged children valued opportunities at the drop-in centres to talk about their mental health and emotional wellbeing needs.

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Body Image: How we think and feel about our bodies research

New research compiled by the Mental Health Foundation exploring body image and how it effects our mental health and levels of emotional wellbeing. The research explores body image in each life stage, as well as provides information on how we can protect, promote and maintain body image and encourage body positivity.

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Sexting in Schools and Colleges: Responding to incidents and safeguarding young people

A guide from the UK Council for Child Internet Safety for education professionals in schools and colleges to help them respond effectively to incidents of sexting to ensure that the wellbeing of young people is safeguarded. The guide includes sections on disclosure and reporting incidents to the police, searching students’ devices and educating young people about sexting in PSHE and RSE lessons.

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