Why we have signed up to take part in the Wellbeing Award for Schools
We are delighted to announce that we have been successful in achieving the Wellbeing Award for Schools. We originally signed up to this award to further develop our work to promote positive wellbeing and mental health for the whole school community and are really proud of the progress we have made in this area and look forward to continuing to build on imbed Wellbeing and Mental Health into the long term culture of our school.
Highlights from the WAS Final Verification Report
The schools’ approach is well thought out and coordinated with full support from SLT and governors who appreciate the importance of supporting the wellbeing of the whole community.
The school uses a variety of approaches to ensure that pupil and parent voices are listened to.
As well as providing 121 support, the Place2Be counsellor runs sessions around friendships, behaviour etc and leads work in class and assemblies as well as activities with parents. Children, staff and parents all value this provision highly.
Staff speak highly of the SLT’s open door policy and its willingness to listen to their concerns and provide support. They feel that wellbeing provision has improved significantly over the last year or so and appreciate SLT’s focus on supporting them.
The school has a thriving, supportive and well-lead PTA which has helped to engage parents in wellbeing events and messages.
Governors clearly understand the importance of EWMH and want to promote it as being key to everything the school is trying to achieve.
The SENDCO and wellbeing lead work closely together to support individuals and ensure that children’s needs are considered across the school day. Case study evidence shows the school offers effective, holistic support.
Effective use of oracy assemblies has facilitated discussion of wellbeing and ensured that children who might not contribute in other situations have opportunities to make their voices and concerns heard.
Links to Local and National Wellbeing and Mental Health Support
You can find more information and resources on local and national help available to you below.
THRIVE Wandsworth provides information and assistance to parents, children, young people and professionals on support services and activities for the 0-19 years age group (25 if the young person has a special need).
Anyone can contact this service.
They will be able to provide help and advice. Your GP can also provide access to appropriate specialist services and local organisations.
You can call 111 when you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.
NHS Mental Health Services
Find local mental health services on the NHS website. http://www.nhs.uk
Free 24-hour counselling service for children and young people up to their 19th birthday.
Mind – Infoline
Offers advice and support to service users; has a network of local associations in England and Wales to which people can turn for help.
0300 123 3393, text number: 86463
Provides practical help, emotional support and specialist information for people aged 16 and over with mental health problems, their family, friends and carers.
0300 304 7000
Confidential telephone helpline offering emotional support to any individual on any issue.
Provides helplines, self-help groups and online support to anyone affected by eating disorders.
Helpline: 0808 801 0677,
Youthline: 0808 801 0711,
Studentline: 0808 801 0811
The Samaritans provide a confidential service for people in despair and who feel suicidal.
Provides helplines and information on child abuse, child protection and safeguarding children.
0808 800 5000
Young Minds has a Parent Helpline that offers free confidential telephone and email support to any adult worried about the wellbeing of a child or young person.
0808 802 5544
Youth Wellbeing Directory
Helps you find support for mental health and wellbeing of young people up to age 25 across the UK.
Free resource about mental health and addiction issues. It has advice and documents on issues including depression, anxiety, self-harm, bipolar, eating disorders and coping.
Provides a comprehensive list of mental health helplines in the UK.
Mental Health Foundation
This website offers a wide range of information about mental health issues.
Health Talk Online
Aims to provide balanced information about the experience of everyday life with a range of health conditions and issues, what to expect both physically and mentally, overcoming practical difficulties, making decisions about treatment and talking to health professionals.
YouthinMind is an online resource for information about mental health and offers brief assessments. It also provides links to other useful books, websites and services. http://youthinmind.info/py/yiminfo/