Inquiry launches into mental health and behaviour in schools

Inquiry launches into mental health and behaviour in schools

A coalition of more than 200 charities, academics and children’s professionals is launching an inquiry to explore links between mental health and behaviour among school pupils. Concerns around schools in England using punitive approaches to tackle challenging behaviour have prompted the inquiry, which is being launched by the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition. Tactics used by schools include exclusion and placing children in isolation in so-called removal rooms. The coalition fears there has been an increase in tough measures to curb challenging behaviour by schools following Covid-19 lockdowns. It warns that such measures come amid escalating mental health problems among young people. One in six pupils aged between six and 16 have a mental health problem as of 2021, compared to one in nine in 2017, said the coalition. Often challenging behaviour can be caused by “underlying conditions, unmet emotional needs, difficulties at home, at school or in the community, and exposure to trauma”, it added. The inquiry will look at how current school...
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Responding to Emotional Wellbeing & Mental Health Needs of CYP: Event

Join the National Children’s Bureau as they present information about strategic responses to the emotional wellbeing and mental health needs of children and young people. You can view the full advert below: Image Depicts: The Lottery Community Fund logo on the left, and on the right states “Delivered by” with the National Children’s Bureau logo. Responding to emotional wellbeing and mental health needs of children and young people: learning from HeadStart partnerships Please join us to hear about strategic responses to the emotional wellbeing and mental health needs of children and young people. Wednesday 20th October 2021 1-4pm.Please register here This event is delivered by the National Children’s Bureau in collaboration with the HeadStart Partnerships. Evidence shows that children and young people’s emotional wellbeing and mental health is worsening.1 As the current pandemic continues, local areas are considering how best to identify need, address vulnerabilities and increase access to support and treatment quickly and effectively. This is an opportunity to hear examples of good practice from HeadStart...
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“Third of young people left without mental health support during lockdown” survey finds

Nina Jacobs at Children & Young People Now has reported on survey findings of the impact on children & young people access to mental health support during Covid-19. Key findings include: 31% of young people were no longer able to access support despite still needing help from specialist services (a rise of 5% since the start of the lockdown)Many young people felt unable to access help at home due to concerns around privacy and confidentiality or a lack of access to technology80% said that pandemic had made their mental health worse – of which, 41% said it made things “much worse”Nearly 90% said they had felt lonely or isolated71% had been able to stay in touch with friends11% felt that their mental health had improved since the lockdown Young Minds Statistics ...
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Extra Mental Health Support for Pupils and Teachers

The Department for Education and Department of Health and Social Care have announced online resources and charity grants. These are to help schools and colleges respond to the impact of coronavirus on mental health and wellbeing. For the full press release, click here. There will be a variety of videos, webinars and teaching materials produced in partnership with charities. These shoul help children and young people discuss their anxieties and other emotions around the pandemic. Grants worth more than £750,00 for the Diana Award, the Anti-Bullying Alliance and the Anne Frank Trust have been announced. There is also a £95,000 pilot project in partnership with the Education Support Partnership to focus on teachers' and leaders' mental health and wellbeing. This will encourage more resiliency of school staff. Furthermore, mental health and wellbeing will become a compulsory part of pupils' education in primary and secondary education through the Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) curriculum from September. ...
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Supporting a Bereaved Child

Child Bereavement UK have produced a reasource to empower teachers and professionals to support children. Follow the link here. Supporting a bereaved pupil is a source of support and information, with practical guidance, to empower education professionals to support pupils bereaved of someone important to them. Most grieving pupils do not need a ‘bereavement expert’, they need the support of familiar adults in a secure environment. Schools, just by carrying on with their usual day-to-day activities, while acknowledging the bereavement, can do a huge amount to support a grieving pupil. Bereaved young people tell us that the way their school responds at such a difficult time is something they never forget. ...
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Mental Health Awareness Week

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week which is organised by the Mental Health Foundation, and the theme they have chosen this year is Kindness. We have chosen kindness because of its singular ability to unlock our shared humanity. Kindness strengthens relationships, develops community and deepens solidarity. It is a cornerstone of our individual and collective mental health. Wisdom from every culture across history recognises that kindness is something that all human beings need to experience and practise to be fully alive.Mark Rowland, Chief Executive, Mental Health FoundationFor more, go to their article here. What can you do? Reflect on an act of kindness. Share your stories and pictures (with permission) of kindness during the week using #KindnessMatters and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeekUse the Mental Health Foundation resources in your family, school, workplace and community to join with thousands in practising acts of kindness to yourself and others during the week Share your ideas on how you think we could build a kinder society that would support...
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