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Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Professionals Mental Health Support


April 2021 training opportunity with Kooth for professionals: 

Kooth training sessions for professionals. The sessions will include the following:

  • A live tour of Kooth
    • An introduction to Kooth and how it works.
    • Support on how to get young people signed up to Kooth.
    • Explanation of professional support available via Kooth and what young people can expect.
    • Explanation of Kooth's other features and support tools for young people.
    • An opportunity to ask questions regarding the service.

Kooth say this is good opportunity to give staff the confidence and knowledge needed when having conversations with students about addressing any concerns around mental health and wellbeing and encouraging them to make use of Kooth as a completely free online service which is fully commissioned and funded in 86% of the UK 

Book here:

Kooth professionals training webinar Friday 9th April 9.30-11am (google.com)

Kooth professionals training webinar Tuesday 13th April 10-11.30am (google.com)

Kooth professionals training webinar Monday 19th April 12-1.30pm (google.com)

Kooth professionals training webinar Tuesday 27th April 2.30-4pm (google.com)

Kooth is available to young people aged between 11-18, if you would like more information please do contact: 

Cheryl Allright (callright@kooth.com
Kooth Engagement Lead - London & South East
+44 (0)7497157139   www.koothplc.com

And here, we've put together a list of websites that can provide you with some more information about training and where you can get it.


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Wellbeing for Education Return Programme 

The programme aims to support staff working in educational settings to respond to the additional pressures some children and young people may be feeling as a direct result of the pandemic. The programme is aimed at educational settings for children and young people aged 5-19. This includes maintained schools, academies, independent schools, further education colleges, specialist settings, pupil referral units, and alternative provision providers.

Registration details

Five (one hour, virtual) sessions will be offered, between November 2020 and June 2021.

  • It is expected attendees attend every session. There will be three options for attendance for each session (details overleaf).
  • Attendance on the programme is free. However, attendees that register and then fail to attend without providing 48 hours notice will be charged £56.43 per session missed.

You can find further information about session contents dates and times in this document

    Mental health competency framework 

    Training for Schools

    It is estimated that one in eight 5 to 19 year olds have suffered from at least one diagnosable mental disorder, therefore it is likely that many more will struggle with their mental health and emotional wellbeing at some point during their school years.

    We all have our role to play in supporting children and young people, and schools pay an important part in supporting young people that may be struggling with their mental health. It is vital that everyone working within a school has an understanding of what mental health is and has the confidence to recognise and respond to common issues.

    What is the mental health competency framework?

    Local Authority Public Health, YMCA Trinity Group, educational establishments and local NHS services have developed a competency based model of assessment to guide schools and colleges in identifying their training needs. The framework was created to simplify the complex picture of mental health training available. The aim is to ensure staff at all levels have the confidence to support children and young people by building core resilience skills, identifying emerging concerns at an early stage, and signposting to appropriate care pathways or interventions where possible. There is no expectation that education staff will diagnose or treat mental health problems.

    Click here to download the mental health competency framework.

    Click here to download the Quality Assurance checklist for Schools doc

    How do I use the framework?

    The framework has been designed as a self-assessment tool. One approach might be to review the tool within a staff meeting or with a smaller group including senior leads (including the mental health lead). The tool can be used to understand where current levels of understanding of mental health are within different staffing groups, and to highlight areas for improvement.

    What next?

    There are lots of local and national providers that can provide training, some of which is free to access. If you decide to purchase training, the quality assurance checklist below can help to ensure that you receive a quality service that fits your needs.

    Click here to download the Quality Assurance checklist for Schools doc’

    Local provision

    There is a range of training available for schools, some of which is funded. Training includes:

    Mental Health Forums for Schools – The Forums have been developed locally with a range of services to help schools set up the role of the Designated Senior Lead for Mental Health and adopt a whole school approach to mental health. Free to access and facilitated by professionals across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, they will help schools assess their own provision, share good practice and signpost to support. The Forums will also be delivering the locally adapted national training package funded by the Department for Education in response to Covid-19. Information about the Forums will be circulated via the Local Authority education department. (The Forums will support achieving competencies in framework assessment stages 3 as well as other stages depending on theme).

    Emotional Health and Wellbeing Service (Free) – For more information 0300 555 50 60 or ccs.ehw@nhs.net (will support achieving competencies in framework assessment stages 1, 2 and 3)

    YMCA Trinity Group (there is a charge for some of this training) – For more information contact 01733 373187 or lisa.smith@ymcatrinity.org.uk (will support achieving competencies in framework assessment stages 1, 2 and 3)

    Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust Learning & Development (there is a charge for some of this training) - For more information contact CAMHTrainingAdministrator@cpft.nhs.uk (will support achieving competencies in framework assessment stages 1 and 3)


    National provision

    MindEd (Free) - Online training for families and those working with children and young people. There are e-learning opportunities across a range of mental health topics.

    Young Minds offer training on a range of subjects from anxiety to social media.

    The Anti-Bullying Alliance (free) - CPD training for teachers and school staff, it also has a range of resources on tackling the subject of bullying.

    Zero Suicide Alliance (free) - Powerful training developed by Merseyside NHS around having conversations about suicide and preventing it if you come across a situation.

    SEND Educational Psychology Services - SEND Services provide targeted support and training to staff supporting students with all aspects of special educational needs, but particularly those experiencing social and emotional difficulties.

    Other mental health training

    • CPSL MIND offer training to businesses and community groups
    • Learning Together Cambridgeshire offer a range of adult learning courses
    • YMCA Trinity Group provide online and face to face training for a range of organisations and audiences including youth work, residential staff, early years, parents, community groups, and businesses


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