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.
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
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
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
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
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
A brilliant resource created by Young Minds for students to explore self-care tips and strategies during their PSHE/RSE lessons and at home, including specialist sections for Young Carers and young people experiencing low-self esteem issues.Read More
A powerful personal account of a young person’s experiences of being diagnosed with and living with Depression, which can be shared with Key Stage 3 and 4 students as part of PSHE and RSE lessons exploring Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing.Read More
Ofsted has published a report looking at what children and young people told them about their experiences of living in social care settings in England, including children’s homes, boarding schools and living with foster carers.
3,024 children and young people responded to questionnaires which found that: 79% of children and young people living in children’s homes said they were "always" well looked after, compared with 93% of children and young people living in foster care; 76% of those living in residential special schools and 56% of children and young people living in boarding schools.Read More
A new report from the Children’s Commissioner which explores the experiences of young people in England who are members of gangs. The report is based on findings from a 12 month engagement programme with children, their families and professionals, analysis of data, learning from serious case reviews, and research.
The report looks at: the characteristics of children involved in gangs, the children most at risk of being groomed and exploited by gangs, how those responsible for safeguarding children responded to the rise in gang violence, the Government’s response and how children and young people can be kept safe from gang violence.Read More
An informative blog post from the Inner Drive team exploring recent research conducted on how use of electronic devices in the classroom can aid or hinder academic attainment levels and affect mental health and emotional wellbeing.Read More
A briefing prepared by the Sex Education Forum prepared for Parliamentarians to make the case for parents to encourage their children to engage in RSE. The research contained within the briefing can also be used by primary and secondary schools to help make the case to parents to put on empowering, comprehensive RSE.Read More
An interesting Psychology Today article by Cathy Malchiodi looking at a 2015 study by Haeyan, van Hooren and Hutchermaekers which explored the therapeutic benefits of adults taking part in art activities. Individuals who took part in their study felt that “through expression of their experiences in art, identity and self-image were strengthened” and they found a way of modulating emotional responses.Read More
An interesting blogpost compiled by Inner Drive highlighting recent evidence from social psychological studies which demonstrate that multi-tasking can lead to a 40% decrease in productivity amongst students, leading to errors and increased levels of stress and anxiety.Read More
The executive summary of a recent research report from the Department of Education at Oxford University highlighting that black students are twice as likely to be diagnosed as having a social, emotional or mental health need than their white peers.Read More
The UK Safer Internet Centre has published a report highlighting young people's experiences of asking for, giving and receiving consent online. Findings from the survey of 2,004 children and young people aged 8- to 17-years-old in the UK shows that they may not know they need to seek permission, or may not understand the impact that sharing without consent can have.
Figures show that: 84 per cent of children and young people believe everyone on the internet has a responsibility to be respectful to others; 48 per cent said that people their age don’t always think before they post something online; 52 per cent said someone they know shared a photo or video online of them without asking first; and 15 per cent worry about losing control of a photo or video they have shared online.Read More
The annual Youth Index from The Prince’s Trust examining the views and outlooks of young people aged 16 to 25 in the UK. An online survey of 2,162 young people found that: 57 per cent of 16- to 25-year-olds said that social media creates an overwhelming pressure to succeed; 48 per cent said that they feel more anxious about their future when seeing the lives of their friends online; and half of young people report being more anxious than they were a year ago.Read More
A commentary of research carried out by University College London which explores the range of screen-based activities that children and young people perform and the effect that has on their mental health and emotional wellbeing. 82 reviews conducted between 2007 and 2018 are explored, covering activities such as social media use, internet use, sexting and smartphone use.Read More