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Schools in Mind Network & Resources

The Schools in Mind Network is run by the Anna Freud Centre, by joining the network your school will be able to access a range of free resources. This includes films to use in lessons, assembly plans as well as a range of films featuring experts talking about different mental health issues and giving advice aimed at teaching staff. Joining the network also enables you to keep up to date with the 'You're never to Young to Talk About Mental Health' campaign.

For more information visit: http://www.annafreud.org/what-we-do/schools-in-mind/ 


National Association for Head teachers Click here for further information 

The Early Help Hub provides a single telephone line, operating during office hours, providing advice and information for professionals about local services. They can offer guidance about accessing services, and signpost to self-help resources. Contact the team on: 01480 376 666 or early.helphub@cambridgeshire.gcsx.gov.uk (open 9am – 5.20pm Monday to Thursday, Friday 9am -4:20pm).

There are also a range of other local services that may be able to help a young person such as Centre 33, YMCA and 3Ts . Visit the local and national support pages for more information.

 pinpointPinpoint run monthly support groups for parents around self harm. For more information about the group, please get in touch with Eve Redgrave - email eve@pinpoint-cambs.org.uk or call the Pinpoint office on 01480 499043.



Measuring mental wellbeing to improve the lives of children and young people - eLearning

This eLearning aims to increase the awareness, understanding and confidence of non-specialist and school staff who support the wellbeing and mental health of children or young people to access the benefits associated with measuring mental wellbeing. This free interactive short course aims to demystify and simplify the whole process of using outcomes and feedback measures to monitor mental wellbeing. The course was developed by the Child Outcomes Research Consortium (CORC), in partnership with the Anna Freud Learning Network. Access the training via: http://www.corc.uk.net/eLearning/

Training on Mental Health for TeachersCPFT

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust offer a range of training courses on a variety of mental health topics for professionals working with children and young people. See CAMH Training for details.


These include (click on the links to download the relevant leaflet):

For those working in Schools:                                          For those working in other roles with children and young people:

raising outcomes    improving outcomes

School INSET & CPD training – a revised and updated training programme building on and adding to the well established ‘Raising achievement through wellbeing’ offer including new one hour CPD seminars

CAMH Foundation Module – 14 face to face training days plus some eLearning and other self directed learning

Cohort 15 - Applications are now open for this popular course.

Are you working with children/ young people in Cambridgeshire and are ..

  • Wanting to feel more confident engaging with and assessing mental health needs?
  • Looking for practical ways to promote emotional resilience, mental well-being and reduce the stigma of mental ill-health?
  • Wanting to build your confidence in understanding and responding to symptoms of depression, anxiety, eating difficulties, developmental disorders etc?
  • Wanting to understand and be more confident in managing the risks associated with self harm and suicide?
  • Wanting to know, how and when to access more specialist services?

Who is it aimed at? School pastoral staff, school nurses, locality workers, social workers,  GP practice nurses ….

What type of training? Blended learning - comprised of both online and face to face teaching.

Cost? Places are fully subsidized  to school nurses, employees of  Cambridgeshire County Council statutory health care services and  local Authority maintained schools and academies. Early booking is advised. (For all others: £1450).

CAMH Psychological Skills Module – For CAMH champions and other professionals who have completed the CAMH Foundation Module (or similar)

We are currently discussing accreditation for both the Foundation Module and Psychological Skills Module with Anglia Ruskin University.

**Upcoming training**

CPD seminars
All CPD seminars are delivered at Block 14, Ida Darwin, Cambridge 16:30 – 17:30           

Coping with OCD                             20th June 2017

For full details of all our courses, register with the eCademy or to self book on to training please see the website www.trainingcamh.net or email CAMHTrainingadministrator@cpft.nhs.uk




School NursingThe School Nursing Service is part of the NHS. It has a public health role and provides confidential advice and support to all children, young people, and their carers in a variety of settings. Every School has access to a named practitioner within the school nurse team who:work in partnership with children, parents, carers, health professionals and teachers, promote and maintain good health of all school children, support a child’s specific health needs, enable all school children to reach their full potential. Call 0300 029 5050 or click here for details

Here is a new interactive assessment tool - Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Emotional Health and wellbeing assessment tool. This is to support professionals in helping children, young people and their families. This toolkit contains a range of resources available for staff to assist them in assessing the emotional health and wellbeing needs of children and young people, helping them to make decisions about their care and information about emotional health and wellbeing.  To support the section of the tool under 'Presenting Need', please find the following useful documents: Cambridgeshire Early Help Assessment, Peterborough Early Helps Assessment, Questions to consider on mental heath, Conversations with young people about mental health.  We want to know what you think of the new interactive assessment toolkit.  The following survey monkey link has been developed for you to tell us what you think. This survey is for professionals and young people to tell us. Please click on the link and follow the instructions. Many thanks for completing and helping us improve the series we provide.  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/EarlyHelpAssessment

CWMT logoThe Charlie Waller Memorial Trust website provides a range of resources on their website for schools, young people and parents. This includes advice on how to ask for help with your mental health, 'A parent's guide to depression', 'GCSE wellbeing guides' as well as much more.

 mind edMindEd provides free educational resources containing advice, guidance and information on managing a wide range of mental health issues in children and teens. There is a range of free e-learning courses available that are suitable for professionals and volunteers. Eg. See this session on Sleep Issues in Teenagers.


Stonewall - Educational resources to tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in education environments and help create more inclusive spaces. Resources fro primary right up to further education.


 Check out this New resource by Action for Happiness The Keys to Happier Living Toolkit for Schools. This is an engaging, accessible and evidence-based programme to promote the emotional wellbeing and resilience of children aged 7-11. *Please note there is a charge for this resource.


To find out what support is available from the local authority in Cambridgeshire to support a whole school approach to promoting emotional health and wellbeing in schools, please click on the image below. This document also helps guide schools through the process of identifying areas for improvement and ways to address these, making use of local resources. 

LA support June 16

Cambridgeshire - For further support with delivering work around mental health and wellbeing in schools and embedding a whole school approach, please contact the Education Wellbeing Team. 

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See Cambridge Community Health Information Service and search Mental Heath

The Red Hen Project

The Red Hen Project

Helping Children achieve at home and school they work in the following schools; Arbury Primary School, The Grove School, Kings Hedges Educational Federation, Shirley Community Nursery & Primary School and Orchard Park Primary School.





Future in Mind(2015) Promoting, protecting and improving our children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing, by NHS England and Department of Health.

Nuffield Foundation Briefing paper- (2012) Changing Adolescence Programme, Social trends and mental health: Introducing the main findings.

The Department for Education has written a number of very useful documents that look at, and give guidance on, mental health in schools:

  • Mental health and behaviour in schools: Departmental advice for school staff - This document outlines what schools can do and how to support a child or young person whose behaviour - whether it is disruptive, withdrawn, anxious, depressed or otherwise - may be related to an unmet mental health need.
  • Counselling in Schools: A blue print for the future - This document aims to help school leaders set up and improve counselling services in primary and secondary schools. It provides practical, evidence-based advice informed by experts on how to ensure school based counselling services achieve the best outcomes for children and young people.

Other Resources

Resource for School Nurses  - This is a toolkit to support school nurses to imporving young peoples health literacy.

Makewaves is a community of thousands of schools sharing their creativity and raising achievement with badges. Here are some badges you can share and earn

Academic Resilience means 'students achieving good educational outcomes despite adversity'. There is lots more information on academic resilience, as well as a range of free resources, on the Young Minds website. The resources have been developed with BoingBoing


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