The Local Government Association and Public Health England have published a report looking into case studies from organisations across England who have supported young parents. Areas covered include Brighton and Hove, North Yorkshire and West Sussex.Read More
Coram Voice has released findings from their most recent survey with care leavers in England. Findings from the responses of 474 16-25 year old care leavers who completed the survey in six local authorities in England in 2018 include:
63% of care leavers agreed with the statement ‘I always feel safe where I live’,
67% agreed that ‘Where I live is right for me’
86% agreed that they felt involved in their pathway planning all or some of the time.
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.Read More
Recent guidance from the National Autistic Society for employers, line managers and HR professionals on how to manage the performance and boost the emotional wellbeing of autistic employees. The guidance draws on best practice as well as input from autistic people in the workforce.Read More
An easy-to-use resource designed by NHS Employers to help HR professionals, line managers and their colleagues have fruitful and frank conversations around mental health and emotional wellbeing, which is now widely being used by NHS Trusts. The resource can be used as part of marking Stress Awareness Month or Mental Health Awareness Week.Read More
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.Read More
A document put together by the Department for Education looking at the counselling services best practice in schools. This advice is non- statutory, and has been produced to help school leaders set up and improve counselling services in primary and secondary schools. It provides practical, evidence-based advice informed by experts on how to ensure school based counselling services achieve the best outcomes for children and young people.
It also sets out the Government’s expectation that over time we would expect to see all schools providing access to counselling services. It is equally relevant for schools with counselling services and those that currently have no access to them. It reflects views of children and young people on counselling, as well as those of schools. It recognises that effective counselling is part of a whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing.Read More
new blogpost by Inner Drive exploring ways that primary school teachers can improve the metacognition of their students.
Strategies suggested in the blogpost include:
Keeping a learning diary
A new report by the The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on social media and young people's mental health and wellbeing has published a report highlighting key findings from their research.
social media can have a range of positive effects, but children who spend time on social networking sites are more likely to have symptoms of mental ill health than those who do not
social media is seen by many young people as having a negative impact on their self esteem.
An interesting article written by Dr Shoshanah Lyons, Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Director of Beacon House, a specialist mental health and trauma team based in Sussex looking at the impact experiencing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) can have on a young person and adult’s mental health and emotional wellbeing. The author talks about the “Neuro-Sequential Model of Therapeutics” which aims to reduce the impact of trauma through recovering and repairing each part of a child’s brain.Read More
A poster for secondary school students that can be put up in student common rooms and notice boards talking about what young people can do to look after their mental health and wellbeing. The ideas were generated by young people and include advice about breathing, planning and organising and providing treats for rest periods.Read More
This booklet has been developed by teachers, clinicians and parents and carers, including the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families’ Parent Champions, to explore a range of innovative ways that schools can help children by successfully engaging with parents and carers by talking to them about the mental health and emotional wellbeing of their child/children. It includes tips as well as case studies that show both parents’ and schools’ perspectives. Topics featured include "Building rapport with parents and carers", "Having difficult conversations with parents and carers" and "Managing your feelings".Read More
The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust has created resources which schools can use to mark the inaugural Stephen Lawrence Day, which takes place on the 22nd April. The theme of Stephen Lawrence Day is “Live Our Best Life”, with students finding out more about Stephen’s story and encouraging them to think about ways they can make their lives better, including adopting a tolerant and compassionate approach to life.Read More
A set of resources designed by The Dove Self-Esteem Project to empower Key Stage 3 students to explore perceptions of body-image perpetuated by the media and how to improve their levels of self-esteem. The resources include a set of lesson plans, videos, worksheets, presentations and worksheets.Read More
A report compiled by The Changing Work Centre and the Fabian Society exploring how organisations can help to improve employee engagement and overall emotional wellbeing by putting in place constructive, evidence-based Mental Health policies and procedures.Read More
Childnet International has produced a set of resources to help Key Stage 3 and 4 students to explore the topic of sexual harassment online. The resource includes 4 lesson plans which cover ground rules, understanding, responding and reporting peer-based online sexual harassment as well as a teacher toolkit, an assembly presentation and a peer-led workshop plan.Read More
A new Lesson Plan designed by the Rise Above team at Public Health England to help PSHE teachers explore puberty with their students in a positive, evidence-based and accessible way. The lesson plan, PowerPoint and accompanying resources look at the physical body changes that students are and will go through and how these can affect their emotions, identity and sexuality.Read More
An innovative and thought-provoking guide exploring self-care written by LGBTU young people participating in youth groups run by the Allsorts Youth Project in West Sussex. The guide can be used by LGBTU young people to develop self care strategies to help them cope with the challenges that they are currently facing and may face in their future lives with confidence to help improve their mental health and emotional wellbeing.Read More
A report from the charity Hestia which explores findings from analysis carried out by the charity Pro Bono Economics into the cost of failing to provide support to children exposed to domestic violence. The report, which focuses on the long term costs incurred by the state in supporting children who develop conduct and attention disorders as a result of exposure to severe domestic violence, estimates a potential total cost of between £480 million and £1.4 billion.Read More
The World Book Day website is full of engaging, thought-provoking resources for primary and secondary school teachers to use to plan lessons and assemblies for students to help celebrate World Book Day 2019. These resources and booklist recommendations can then be adapted to introduce a diverse range of books into Schemes of Work that help to develop written and verbal communication skills and emotional intelligence and empathy in children and young people.Read More