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Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Children & Young People Mental Health Support

Teachers and School Staff


1. Advice & Support

Early Help

The Cambridgeshire 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).

The Peterborough Early Help Service provides a dedicated Early Help 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 service on the Peterborough Early Help helpline number on: 01733 863649 or email earlyhelp@peterborough.gov.uk (open 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday).

Emotional Health and Wellbeing Practitioners (Cambridgeshire & Peterborough). The team's role is to signpost, advise and support referrals to the wider emotional health and wellbeing services available for children, young people and families; from online self-management resources to specialist child and adolescent mental health services. The team work closely with the Early Help Hubs and the CAMH Single Point of Access (SPA). They can also help you assess the needs of children, young people and families and deliver training and consultation to support professionals develop their skills, knowledge and understanding of emotional health and wellbeing issues to more effectively and confidently deliver support. The team operate a duty system, where they offer telephone support to professionals from education settings (primary, secondary, colleges and special schools). They can also offer more in depth support, where they can visit staff at schools to provide consultation (with parent/carers consent) and training. This provision varies across the regions; where in Peterborough it is specific to secondary schools and colleges, but in Cambridgeshire it is focused on primary schools.

Contact the team for support or more information on: 0300 555 50 60 (between 9.30 am and 4.30 pm) or via email at ccs.ehw@nhs.net.

Project for Schools (Peterborough only) -Mental Health Nurses working across Peterborough Primary Schools to provide support and plan interventions with staff and relevant professionals working in educational settings, with children (5-11 years old) who are experiencing emotional difficulties and distress. The service offers support and advice, inter-agency collaboration and cosultation, transition support and training sessions.

You can also call the team between 12noon-2pm for advice on a range of issues, including, emotional and behavioural disorders, conduct disorder, tantrums, problems sleeping and eating, anxiety, self-harm (mild-moderate), bullying, bereavement, possible ASD/ADHD, anger management and issues and relationship problems.

Contact: 01733 777939 or cpm-tr.projectforschools@nhs.net

More inforamtion: Project for Schools Leaflet & Advice Line Leaflet

Services to Support Young People


Centre 33  provides a confidential counselling service in secondary schools in South and East Cambridgeshire and in some other schools across Cambridgeshire.  School pupils can be referred to the service by school staff – most schools have a team of staff who discuss and make referrals.  Please contact Centre 33 for more details.


YMCA Trinity Group provide a wide range of emotional wellbeing services for children and young people aged 5-18, plus staff in schools.  Services are arranged so that organisations can select the ingredients that will best address their needs.  All face to face support and training is delivered by clinically trained professionals.

Services include: Counselling & Therapy, Mentoring, Family Work, Group Work, Health & Wellbeing Qualifications, Parent/Student Workshops, Feel Stress Free self-help App, and strategy development.  For more information, go to the website here or contact us on 01733 373187 or email lisa.smith@ymcatrinity.org.uk.



YMCA Trinity group provide a wide range of mental health related training for schools and anyone working with young people, which are delivered by clinically trained professionals.  These include the following (there is a charge):


  • 2hr Introduction to Mental Health – how mental health issues develop (attachment and trauma), how to spot the signs, and what to do to support those going through trauma
  • 2hr workshops on specific topics – self harm, anxiety, depression, building resilience, body confidence, risk taking behaviour, sexual health, substance misuse and staff well-being
  • Mentoring Skills: A solution focussed approach – an introduction to solution focussed therapies, active listening, and motivational interviewing
  • Delivering Early Interventions Train The Trainer – applying therapeutic skills to early interventions and providing access to schemes of work in topics such as social skills, emotional management, self esteem & confidence, and transitions.
  • Mental Health Champions – To upskill designated staff to cascade knowledge of a wide range of mental health issues to other staff and access to pre-written materials and presentations.


YMCA also have access to FREE Level 2 distance learning courses in topics sich as mental health awareness, autism, challenging behaviour and counselling skills.  Click here for more information or email lisa.smith@ymcatrinity.org.uk



There are a range of services that can help children and young people, many of which you do not need a referral to access, such as www.kooth.com (NHS funded online counselling for 11-18 year olds). Please see the local services page for more info.

Services for Parents

Pinpoint is an independent information, support and involvement network for parents. They also run groups for parents of children and young people who have undiagnosed or diagnosed ADHD or ASD. Pinpoint also support a parent group around self-harm.



With limited resource and lots of different courses available it can be difficult to know which training to take up. As a starting point it is ideal for all staff to have a good basic understanding of mental health – understanding their own wellbeing as well as being able to spot the signs of problems in their students. Once all staff have this level of knowledge and understanding there are opportunities to expand this through attending more in depth courses.

Certain members of staff will particularly benefit from more training, such as those working in pastoral roles, although it is important that by training a few individuals that there isn’t too much of a reliance on them.

There is a range of training avaialble, some of which is funded. Training includes:


Chums are delighted to deliver our early intervention training programme for schools across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. If you are interested in this training please contact chumstraining@chums.uk.com for further information.


MindEd (Free) - Online training for families and those working with children and young people. There are e-learning opporutnities across a range of mental health topics. https://www.minded.org.uk/


Project for Schools (Peterborough only) - Offer mental health training sessions for primary schools (contact 01733 777939 or cpm-tr.projectforschools@nhs.net for more information).


Youth Mental Health First Aid - Every secondary school in England is entitled to one free place on a Youth MHFA One Day course through the Youth MHFA in Schools programme.


Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust Learning & Development (there is a charge for some of this training)- Supports schools/colleges to look for practical ways to promote emotional resilience among pupils, utilising a whole school approach to mental health. A range of training is on offer from introductory courses to more in-depth training. Flyer for 2017/18 training available here.


Charlie Waller Memorial Trust (Free) - Training is tailored to the school's needs and can be delivered to staff, pupils or parents. There is also a train-the-trainer option available.


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/ 



Time to change project 2018

SIGN UP for free resources to help support the young people you work with. This years campaign is called 'In your corner' and features new films,sessions and plans.

Mentally Healthy Schools - Heads Together and the Anna Freud Centre have launced the Mentally Healthy Schools website which brings together quality-assured information, advice and resources to help primary schools understand and promote children’s mental health and wellbeing. Their aim is to increase staff awareness, knowledge and confidence to help you support your pupils. Resources include lessons plans, assemblies, films and general information on a range of topics and issues.

A range of short PSHE films, giving example lessons around Healthy Relationships, Body Image, Anti-bullying, Conflict Resolution and Emotions can be found here. Further films and resources can be found here.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Emotional Health and wellbeing assessment tool - Interactive assessment tool 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.

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. The initiative has also produced a booklet focusing on supporting staff wellbeing in schools.

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

CWMT logoThe Charlie Waller Memorial  provides a range of free resources on their website for schools, young people and parents. There is an example health and wellbeing policy for schools as well as a range of webinars about children’s mental health aimed at schools.

Samaritans Support for Schools Following a Suspected Suicide

The death of a pupil is devastating for the school community. If it is suspected a young person has died by suicide, the Samaritans are able to offer practical support and guidance through the Step By Step programme (http://www.samaritans.org/education/step-by-step). This service is free and can be accessed by: email: stepbystep@samaritans.org Tel: 0808 168 2528

Papyrus’Building Suicide-Safer Schools and Colleges: A guide for teachers and staff’ covers:

  • Developing a Suicide Prevention Policy
  • Asking About Suicide
  • Responding to a Suicide
  • Working with Community Support

Access the guide here: https://papyrus-uk.org/help-advice-resources/

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

The 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.


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

The Education Wellbeing Team offer a range of support and resources for schools, particularly around PSHE work.  

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See Cambridge Community Health Information Service has a wide range of leaflets on a broad range of mental health topics that can be used. Visit the website and search for 'Mental Heath' for more information.

Support and resources for Bullying

Restorative practice and Anti-Bullying Week: how can restorative practice help teachers and pupils to choose a respectful, considered approach to conflict resolution and anti-bullying? (Anti-Bullying Alliance)

Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA) partner, Restorative Thinking, have written this resource to help schools. A range of primary and secondary school packs have been developed  which include lesson and assembly plans, cross curricular ideas and films. A short animation, Anti-Bullying top tips for teachers, is available. The animation was co-written by a group of disabled young people as young advisors on ABA's All Together programme which aims to reduce bullying of all children but has a special focus on reducing disability bullying.

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.  The Red Hen Project works with children and their families to overcome barriers to learning.

 The MindEd Trust

Promotes whole school mental illness prevention & early intervention programmes.

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Local Authority Support for a Whole School Approach to Mental Health (Cambridgeshire)


This document focuses on the support availalbe to support a whole school approach to mental health. The guide largely details services that are provided or commissioned by the local authority:

Whole school approach 5.12.17


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.

Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision: a green paper (2017) - Sets out the ambition that children and young people who need help for their mental health are able to get it when they need it.     

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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