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Mental Health and Wellbeing

At Scholes Village Primary School, we have  a dedicated Wellbeing Team. Sarah Dearlove (Assistant Head, SENDCo and Early Years Lead), Allison Hainsworth (HLTA) and Caroline Holt (Cover Supervisor) work together to prioritise the understanding and the support for Mental Health and Wellbeing for our children and for all who work in school.

Mental Health and children

At Scholes Village Primary School, we recognise that short-term stress and worry is a normal part of life and many issues can be experienced as mild or transitory challenges for some children and their families. Others will experience more serious and longer lasting effects. The same experience can have different effects on different children depending on other factors in their life. For example, it is normal for children to feel nervous or under stress around exam times, but other factors can make such stress part of an enduring and persistent mental health problem for some children. When a problem is particularly severe or persistent over time, or when a number of these difficulties are experienced at the same time, children are often described as experiencing mental health problems. Where children experience a range of emotional and behavioural problems that are outside the normal range for their age, they might be described as experiencing mental health problems or disorders.

Mental health professionals have classified these as: Ø

  • emotional disorders, for example phobias, anxiety states and depression
  • conduct disorders, for example stealing, defiance, fire-setting, aggression and anti-social behaviour
  • hyperkinetic disorders, for example disturbance of activity and attention
  • developmental disorders, for example delay in acquiring certain skills such as speech, social ability or bladder control, primarily affecting children with autism and those with pervasive developmental disorders;
  • attachment disorders, for example children who are markedly distressed or socially impaired as a result of an extremely abnormal pattern of attachment to parents or major care givers;
  • trauma disorders, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, as a result of traumatic experiences or persistent periods of abuse and neglect;
  • other mental health problems including eating disorders, habit disorders, somatic disorders; and psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia and manic depressive disorder.

We understand that only appropriately trained professionals should attempt to make a diagnosis of a mental health problem.

School staff may instead observe children day to day and could identify those whose behaviour suggests that they may be experiencing a mental health problem or be at risk of developing one. This may include withdrawn pupils whose needs may be otherwise unrecognised.

support in school

Staff in school have strategies in place for supporting children with mental health and wellbeing difficulties. 

Below are actions school will take if there is an emerging issue for a child in school.

1. The child or a member of staff will speak to a member of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Team about the issue.

2. The team, with other relevent members of staff and possibly parents, will meet quickly to decide the next course of action.

3. Next, there are 3 main outcomes.

  • The situation is escalated and a referral is made to the appropriate body for support. The child will continue to be monitorred in school and interventions will be in place if appropriate  until professional advice is gained.
  • The child's needs can be met in school with specific interventions and support. The team will discuss this with parents and a review date will be arranged.
  • The child is displaying behaviour within the norms of typical development and will continue to have their needs met ins school without the need for interventions or alternative provision. 

4. If school have sought a multi-agency approach, the Wellbeing Team will coordinate this and manage planning and reviews based on the advice given. If support is being lead by school within school, the Wellbeing Team will oversee this and will coordinate reviews, however if no improvements are made, a referral for support will be made. 

 
   

signposting for support in the home

Children don't alwsys show the same behaviour in school as they do in the home. Below are a list of support networks for parents to use should they want some support for their child or family. 

This is the Thriving Kirklees webpage- parents can self refer to services like the school nurse and CAMHS. 

Thriving Kirklees - health and wellbeing services for children and families

This is the webpage for the Kirklees Local Offer. On there, you can find links to services, advice and support for your child.

Home | Kirklees Local Offer

This is the website for Northorpe Hall where the Children and Adults Mental Health Service is based. 

Parents / Carers | Northorpe Hall Child and Family Trust

These are a variety of online courses/workshops/sessions  to join- they need booking online. They are run by Northorpe Hall.

https://chewsnews.northorpehall.co.uk/workshops.php

Please note, sometimes there will be discrepances if you are registered with a Bradford Doctor, rather than a Kirklees one. Below is the link to Bradford CAMHS and the Bradford Local Offer Page.

Bradford Local Offer | SEND Provision in Bradford

Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) | Fieldhead | Hillbrook (bdct.nhs.uk)

If you have further concerns about issues in the home, and cannot find any support in the above ways, please speak to your child's class teacher in the first instance. 

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