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Education authorities and schools are responsible for identifying, supporting and developing the mental wellbeing of pupils. Every child and young person should have access to mental wellbeing support in school.
This may be support from their class teacher, pastoral care staff, school counselling or Educational Psychology Services, or specialist family and health services when required.
It is recognised that this list is not exhaustive, and many education authorities or schools may produce their own specific resources around mental wellbeing in partnership with local partners and children and young people. The following PDF provides a downloadable version of the supports listed below.
The Scottish Government is ensuring that promoting children and young people’s mental health is a core component of staff professional learning.
Training in psychological skills – early intervention for children - This training has been developed for qualified multi-disciplinary staff across agencies who work with children and young people
Education Scotland Professional Learning Activity supporting young people through grief and loss
- Education Scotland Professional Learning Activity Compassionate and Connected Community
- SAMH, Scotland's national mental health charity, e-learning - We all have mental health: an introduction for teachers
- Scottish Mental Health First Aid Training (SMHFA)
- Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
- Let’s Introduce Anxiety Management (LIAM)
- There are many online courses around trauma and bereavement on the NES TURAS website (you are required to set up an account)
Teachers and school leaders play a fundamental role in promoting and protecting the wellbeing and resilience of children and young people, which will be critical in supporting children and young people during the experience of COVID-19.
- Transitions in 2020 - guidance
- Guidance documents to support continuity in learning to support education authorities and schools plan and prepare for blended learning:
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): Supporting pupils, parents and teachers - learning during term 4
- Strategic Framework
- Inclusion, Wellbeing and Equalities Wakelet – Mental Health
- COVID-19 psychological support materials available via the TURAS Learn website
- CAMHS resources
- Mentally Healthy Schools
- Signposting organisations for guidance related to COVID-19
- Further information on resources and signposting organisations which can support mental health and wellbeing can be found on the National Improvement Hub.
- The principles of Psychological First Aid can be applied to improve psychosocial outcomes and effective recovery following any sort of crisis, such as COVID-19, by offering humane, supportive and practical help (login required).
- NHS Education for Scotland - It’s ok to worry about COVID-19 - A resource pack for teenagers (12 years and over) to help manage difficult feelings about the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
- NHS Education for Scotland - It’s ok to worry about COVID-19 - A resource pack for parents to help manage difficult feelings about the coronavirus that causes COVID-19
- NHS Grampian CAMHS Adjustment and Returning to School Live Webinar - NHS Grampian CAMHS Early Intervention Team provide a live webinar to provide information on what adjustment difficulties are, how these present in young people and tips on how to make the return back to school easier.
Scottish education is based on the belief that education is a human right and that all children and young people should be supported to reach their fullest potential.
- Education Scotland - Embedding inclusion, equity and empowerment
- Education Scotland - Online Professional Learning on Inclusive Education
- Education Scotland - Online Professional Learning to support Inclusive Classrooms – Inclusion in Practice: The CIRCLE Framework – Secondary
- Education Scotland – Professional Learning resource to support whole school inclusive practice
- Education Scotland - Online Professional Learning – Dyslexia and Inclusive Practice (three incremental modules)
- Education Scotland – Supporting LGBT young people and those who are part of LGBT families
- Recognising and Realising Children’s Rights
Bullying / Peer support
The Scottish Government takes bullying very seriously. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable and must be addressed quickly, whenever it arises. We want all children and young people to learn tolerance, respect, equality and good citizenship to address and prevent prejudice, as well as healthy relationships.
Relationship Based Approaches
Scottish education has a key focus on wellbeing and relationship-based approaches to support children and young people. An understanding of how early experiences impact on children and young people’s behaviour and the importance of relationships in shaping later outcomes is the foundation which underpins much of the Scottish policy landscape and curriculum
Relationship based approaches such as a nurturing approach help schools to develop an awareness of early adversity and trauma and are therefore a pivotal part of realising the Scottish Government’s aim of preventing and mitigating the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).
- Mentors in Violence Prevention
- Equally Safe at School – A whole school approach to preventing gender based violence
- Applying Nurture as a whole school approach - A framework to support self-evaluation
Health and wellbeing (curriculum)
Learning in health and wellbeing ensures that children and young people develop the knowledge and understanding, skills, capabilities and attributes which they need for mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing now and in the future.
The mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing of everyone within a learning community should be positively developed by fostering a safe, caring, supportive, purposeful environment that enables the development of relationships based on mutual respect. The four aspects of wellbeing are inextricably linked.
It is important that the educational establishments have the capacity to support pupils and flexibility to utilise an approach that meets local needs and circumstances. Providing a positive future for our young people is our top priority and their mental health is a key part of that. Curriculum for Excellence is helping young people gain the knowledge, skills, capabilities and attributes needed for learning, life and work.
- The Compassionate and Connected Classroom: A health and wellbeing curricular resource for upper primary
- Health and wellbeing (curriculum) curated resources of all HWB organisers
- Curated resources to support learning and teaching of Mental, Emotional, Social and Physical wellbeing
- Curated resources to support learning and teaching mental wellbeing links with Food and Health
- Curated resources to support learning and teaching of mental wellbeing links with Planning for Choices and Changes
- Curated resources to support learning and teaching of mental wellbeing links with Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood
- Curated resources to support learning and teaching of mental wellbeing links Substance Misuse
- Consider the impact of Covid-19 on the positive wellbeing of children. How are you preparing your learning materials and approaches in the wider school environment to support mental wellbeing needs?
- How are you ensuring that the learning resources and wider approaches are supporting development of a whole school approach to support the mental wellbeing of the school community?
- How will you and your colleagues ensure nurturing principles and the wellbeing indicators are considered to support the positive wellbeing of children and young people?