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Social, emotional and mental health (Virtual School)

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

This advice is to help adults with caring responsibilities look after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people, including those with additional needs and disabilities, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Website: Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak from GOV.UK (opens in a new window)

Useful Links

Website: Beacon House (opens in a new window) 
Beacon House is a specialist, innovative and creative therapeutic service for young people, families and adults.

Website: Child mental health centre (opens in a new window)
At the Centre for Child Mental Health we have experts in all aspects of mental health to support your CPD and training needs. We understand the challenging task of enabling troubled children and young people to thrive.

Website: Attachment Research Community (opens in a new window)
The ARC supports the development of best attachment and trauma aware practice in education in order to benefit everyone's mental health and well-being. ARC supports members to develop and embed their practice. 

Website: Trauma Informed Schools UK (opens in a new window)
Passionate about improving learning, mental health and quality of life for children and young people

Website: DfE – Mental Health and Behaviour in schools (opens in a new window)
This guidance is for school staff and applies to all schools.

It gives advice on:

  • how to create a whole school culture, including promoting positive mental health
  • understanding the link between mental health and behaviour
  • how to identify children with possible mental health problems
  • where and how to put in place support, including working with external agencies where required

It also provides links to sources of further support and guidance.

Website: Motional (opens in a new window)
Motional provides an easy-to-use online tool for identifying, assessing, and improving the emotional health and wellbeing of children and young people.  It is based on Professor Jaak Panksepp’s research on emotional systems in the brain and Dr Margot Sunderland’s extensive research, studies and expertise in executive functional skills