Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing

At Stamford Welland Academy, we believe in promoting positive mental health and emotional wellbeing. Prioritising the wellbeing of students and staff ensures that good to great teaching and learning can take place, and that the school is a community where everyone feels able to thrive.

Mental health is a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community. (World Health Organization)

In an average classroom, three children will be suffering from a diagnosable mental health issue. By developing and implementing practical, relevant and effective mental health policies and procedures we can promote a safe and stable environment for students affected both directly, and indirectly by mental ill health.

Our Shared Values

Our Shared Values underpin everything that we do. Stamford Welland is a community where we want everyone to feel supported, safe and happy. Predominantly our school values and our approach towards teaching and learning promotes and supports emotional wellbeing.

Additionally, mental health and emotional wellbeing is detailed as a priority in our mental health action plan, in our Safeguarding Policy and across the school via posters, displays, behaviour systems school newsletters, magazines, student and staff planners.

At our school, we aim to promote positive mental health for every member of our staff and student body. We pursue this aim using both universal, whole school approaches and specialised, targeted approaches aimed at vulnerable students. In addition to promoting positive mental health, we aim to recognise and respond to mental ill health.

In Stamford Welland Academy we encourage our students to be:

  • Be able to form and maintain relationships with others
  • Be able to have fun
  • Be open to learning
  • Be able to develop a sense of right and wrong
  • Be adaptable to change and other’s people expectations
  • Be able to develop the resilience to manage ordinary setbacks

The whole school community:

  • Is involved in promoting positive mental health
  • Is valued for the role it plays in promoting positive mental health
  • Contributes towards the ethos of the school.

Child Protection Responsibilities in relation to Mental Health

Stamford Welland Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, including their mental health and emotional wellbeing, and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We recognise that children have a fundamental right to be protected from harm and that pupils cannot learn effectively unless they feel secure.

We therefore aim to provide a school environment which promotes self-confidence, a feeling of self-worth and the knowledge that students’ concerns will be listened to and acted upon. Every pupil should feel safe, be healthy, enjoy and achieve, make a positive contribution and achieve economic wellbeing (Every Child matters, 2004)

The school has appointed senior members of staff, with the necessary status and authority to be responsible for matters relating to child protection and welfare. A wide range of staff have also been trained in Mental Health First Aid as accredited by MHFA England.

Parents and carers are welcome to approach them if they have any concerns about the welfare of any child in the school, whether these concerns relate to their own child or any other. If preferred, parents and carers may discuss concerns in private with the child’s form teacher or any member of the house teams, who will notify the in accordance with these procedures. In addition to the child protection measures outlined in the School’s child protection policy, the School has a duty of care to protect and promote a child or young person’s mental or emotional wellbeing.

Staff also follow the Ask, Assess and Act formula in support all children and this further supports mental awareness and support.

Useful Resources and Links

  1. Mind-Ed- E-learning for professionals working with children and young people

https://www.minded.org.uk/

  1. Time to Change- Anti-Stigma Campaign and Resources

http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/youngpeople/resources-youth-professionals

  1. myCAMHSchoices- A website with advice for young people who have been referred to CAHMS, or are interested in finding out about it.

http://mycamhschoices.org/

  1. Young Minds Website

http://www.youngminds.org.uk/for_children_young_people

  1. Right Here publications on mental health

http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/how-to-guide-three/

  1. Anna Freud network supporting Mental Health & Wellbeing in Schools

http://www.annafreud.org/services-schools/mental-health-in-schools/schools-in-mind/