Moving beyond C-19: a Virtual Ring Binder

Welcome

The period of the coronavirus lockdown throughout April and May 2020 has been unprecedented in any of our lifetimes, and the closure of schools to the vast majority of children during that time has presented new challenges. The response from hundreds of professionals from a wide range of settings has been to come together to share ideas, resources, and expertise in supporting our young people and their families across Cornwall. We have seen genuine multi-agency, inter-professional collaboration where every conversation and meeting has had one sole focus – supporting the young people and families of Cornwall during this extraordinary time.

The need to follow the latest guidance on ‘staying alert and safe (social distancing)’ means that we are all living and working in unusual ways. Many of us are operating without certainty and, often, without access to our usual support networks – whether that’s through work or at home through friends and family.

This can create feelings of stress and anxiety; during what is already an unpredictable time. You may experience feelings of fear, irritability, insecurity or being unsettled. You may also feel like you have a lack of control, experience trouble sleeping or eating, and are excessively checking for symptoms. Social distancing and/or shielding may also make you feel bored, frustrated or lonely, which can heighten these feelings further.

Remember that it’s OK not to feel OK at the moment and there may be ideas to support you in these pages.

This 'Virtual Ring Binder' draws together the fruits of that collaborative labour so that the inter professional expertise is available to all workers in their support of young people, wherever they may work as lockdown starts to be eased and we move into the next phase.

Most of these resources are freely available but some organisations encourage a voluntary donation to help continue their work.

We hope this resource provides useful and supportive information. However, please note that signposting to some of these organisations is not an endorsement of them by Cornwall Council. This is a live document and will be updated as we go along.



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Children’s Psychology Service (including EPS, Autism Team)

 

Training on bereavement run jointly with Penhaligon’s Friends.

On line training via Zoom

Loss and Change group intervention 

Who it's for:

Bereavement Champions or nominated other staff.

Funding:

Pooky Knightsmith

A prolific speaker, lecturer, trainer and author, Pooky develops and shares practical, evidence-informed approaches to promoting mental health – arming health and education staff with the skills, information and knowledge they need to support the children in their care.

Through her website and youtube channel as well as her work with Creative Education* Pooky provides powerful, accessible: 

  • Training, including online training, for schools; parents and carers and young people
  • Bitesize CPD / Sharing Top Tips ideas for all.

 *Search for Creative Education to see listing. 

Whole School Approach - Pooky has been working with Headstart Kernow and secondary schools on developing a Whole School Approach to EHWB.

 

Who it's for:

Education professionals

Parents/carers

Families

Funding:

Mostly free

Cost for some of Pooky's resources and some Creative Education online courses

Learning Shared Podcast

On the Learning Shared free podcast you can find an excellent series of podcasts linked to The Recovery Curriculum outlined in Barry Carpenter's Think Piece, A Recovery Curriculum: Loss and Life for our children and schools post pandemic. 

 

 

Who it's for:

Education Professionals

Funding:

Free

Lisa Cherry

 

Training (including live online training), podcasts and resources around trauma, resilience and recovery.

Resources include a free download: Trauma in the Classroom: Removing the Barriers to Learning for Children and Young People in Emotional Distress

Who it's for:

Education

Funding:

Costs may apply

Beacon House

Beacon House is a specialist, innovative, creative, therapeutic service for young people, families and adults. They produce some outstanding free resources available on their website.Forexample:

The Three Rs: Reaching the Learning Brain pdf   

Who it's for:

Education

Funding:

There are free resources available

Creative Education (Dr. Pooky Knightsmith)

Pooky has joined her husband Tom's education training company, Creative Education. Pooky is providing excellent online training modules on emotional wellbeing and mental health as part of Creative Educations's new e-learning platform, YouCan. Discover a wealth of practical, engaging online video courses empowering everyone who works with or cares for children to develop their skills – anywhere, anytime. 

Alongside subscription options (including the excellent £5 a month for individuals) Pooky has made some courses 'free for ever' and some will be made available 'free for a week'. (Sign up to the newsletter to hear about the 'free for a week' courses)

 The five free courses are:

More information

 https://elearning.creativeeducation.co.uk/

 

 

 

Who it's for:

Education Professionals

Parents

Funding:

Free and paid for content

Child Bereavement Network - Support for children and families

Are you a service provider looking for information to help you support children in your area? CBN supports professionals working with bereaved children and young people, with information updates, key resources and networking opportunities.

 

Free downloadable resources

 

Short films including some Newsround videos

Who it's for:

Professionals

Parents/carers

Children and young people

Funding:

Free

Transition Mission

Transition Mission has been created by a group of young people working with the Headstart Youth Facilitators and Young People Cornwall at The House in St Austell.

 The group had all experienced transition to secondary school and the group felt that there was something else which could have helped them. As a result, the group worked together, over many weeks to create a booklet, which they believe contains supportive and informative pages, to help guide young people of all backgrounds with some helpful information, advice and tips…

Transition Mission can be downloaded from the Start Now website

Schools in Cornwall can order free copies by contacting us headstartyouth@cornwall.gov.uk 

 Listen to the young people who created Transition Mission in this podcast created for the Together for Families podcast

Who it's for:

Yr 6 - 7

Can used with students returning to school in September 

 

Funding:

Free

 

Carnegie Centre for Excellence in Mental Health

The Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools exists to strengthen the mental health of the next generation by supporting schools to make a positive change at all levels of the UK's education system, thereby improving outcomes and life chances.

Their support for schools includes:


Providing support and guidance for schools, including professional development for staff working in schools.

  • A Masters in MH education

  • Mental Health Awards for Schools

  • Professional Membership for School Mental Health Leads.

  • Research to ensure that interventions are evidence-based

  • Best practice publications

  • National Hub for Supervision in Education

 

 

Who it's for:

Education Professionals

Funding:

Some costs may apply

Penhaligon’s Friends Training: School Bereavement Champions

Due to Covid 19, the lockdown and social distancing, grief may present as more complicated and prolonged for those bereaved from either Covid19 or any cause of death. The topic of death and dying is talked about in the media daily and is likely to be causing more anxiety for children than it has done before.

Who it's for:

School Bereavement Champions (where these have been identified or an opportunity to so.)

Funding:

Free

Schools in Mind

Schools in Mind is a free network for school staff and allied professionals which shares practical, academic and clinical expertise regarding the wellbeing and mental health issues that affect schools. The network provides a trusted source of up-to-date and accessible information and resources that school leaders, teachers and support staff can use to support the mental health and wellbeing of the children and young people in their care.

 

Booklets include:

  • Supporting staff wellbeing in schools

  • Managing unexpected endings and transitions

  • Looking after each other & ourselves

Who it's for:

MH leads in Schools, school staff

Funding:

Free

Cornwall Council: Guidance for parents/carers on transition

  • Guidance for parents/carers whose child is moving up from Early Years to Reception

  • Guidance for parents/carers whose child is moving up from Year 6 to Year 7

  • Guidance for parents/carers/young people transitioning to Post-16

Who it's for:

Parents/carers

Families

Education Professionals

Post 16 years

Funding:

Free

Hinton House Books


Independent publisher of books and resources to help everyone in education, therapy & social care improve the mental health & emotional well-being of young people. Authors include Tina Rae, Karen Treisman, Sue Jennings, Margot Sunderland. 

Hinton House are now also offering online training based on their publications. 

Who it's for:

Education Professionals

Funding:

Available for purchase

Child Bereavement Network

Advice and guidance for schools

Who it's for:

Education Professionals

Funding:

Free

MindEd

Making a difference, feeling competent and supported by your organisation and team really matters. Here are the top tips from MindEd’s international panel of experts for team leaders and managers.

Who it's for:

Education Professionals

Managers

Funding:

Free

Child Line

Child Line says “We're here for you, whatever's on your mind. We'll support you. Guide you. Help you make decisions that are right for you. Our tips and techniques, ideas and inspiration, can help you feel more in control. And you can access them in your own time, at your own pace!”

Who it's for:

Children and young people

Funding:

Free

The Start Now online Wellbeing Action Plan

The Start Now online Wellbeing Action Plan has been created with young people in Cornwall. The YP worked alongside Dr Pooky Knightsmith. It intended for YP from Y6 upwards.

The WAP is divided into a number of sections:

  • Things that support my wellbeing 

  • Things to avoid when you're feeling low

  • Triggers, challenges and early warning signs

  • Getting help and support

  • My one minute safety plan

Plus:
The wellbeing toolkit - Lots of ideas and activities to support wellbeing.
What am I feeling? - To help YP understand emotions and feelings.

Using the WAP

Working with a trusted adult or on their own young people can create and print their own (personalised) plan by choosing which sections they would like to complete. They can write their own ideas or select from a list of suggestions made by other young people to help get them started.

The action plan can be used without logging in but if the YP wants to keep their plan and review it they can create a secure log-in.

The toolkit provides ideas and downloadable activities to support the action plans but can used independently. Content will be added regularly.

Who it's for:

YP aged 10-16

School support staff

parents and carers 

Funding:

Free

Coronavirus - a book for children

Written by Elizabeth Jenner, Kate Wilson and Nia Roberts

 

 

Who it's for:

Children and young people

Educational Professionals

Parents/carers Families

Funding:

Free to download

 

Penhaligon’s Friends: Supporting Children about Bereavement

Support and resources for parents

Who it's for:

Parents/carers Families

Funding:

Free

SPACE (Supporting Parents and Children Emotionally)

SPACE was created by HeadStart Kernow and Rock Pool to help parents understand what is meant by a trauma informed approach and to familiarise them with the trauma informed language being used in schools and across organisations who are working with and supporting their children.

 

A programme intended for all parents, SPACE aims to provide information to parents, raising awareness of trauma and how that can affect both children’s and adult’s emotional behaviour.

 

Lots of parents will be feeling worried right now, feelings that are completely normal. To help support you during COVID-19, they have created a series of factsheets based on the SPACE sessions, designed to offer some support and strategies, whatever your situation, and are based on what is known about people’s responses to traumatic events and what can help.

 

Each factsheet explores how parents can better emotionally support themselves, their children, and suggests simple, tangible tools that can be used at home to benefit the whole family.

Link to SPACE on Headstart Kernow Website:

https://www.headstartkernow.org.uk/sec-sch-support/covid-19/space/ 

 

 

You can also access information on SPACE on the Rockpool website

https://rockpool.life/course/space-supporting-parents-and-children-emotionally

 

Who it's for:

Parents/carers

Education Professions

Funding:

Free

British Psychological Society

Have published a number of guidance documents around Recovery and YP wellbeing post covid. Including: 

"Back to school: Using psychological perspectives to support re-engagement and recovery  (Guidance)" 

"Compassionate transitions: Reconnecting school communities post-Covid-19 closures (Guidance)"

"A resilience and coping framework for supporting transitions back to school (Guidance)"

 

Who it's for:

School staff

Funding:

N/A

 Charlie Waller Memorial Trust

A selection of short webinars. In the sessions our trainers explore strategies for maintaining positive mental health, paying attention to our own wellbeing and supporting those around us.

 


CWMT also have excellent free resources for parents and carers and young people



Who it's for:

School staff

Parents and carers

Young people

Funding:

Free

ELSA Support


ELSA Support is a website which provides downloadable resources that support the teaching of emotional literacy or emotional intelligence by ELSA’s. A lot of the resources on this website are perfectly suitable for all teaching professionals to use and there is also a parent section with resources suitable for parents to use. The interventions are ready to go, all you need to do is print them out and deliver the lessons, they do work.

Who it's for:

ELSAs pastoral staff

Funding:

Some free resources / others paid for

Guidance for schools in Cornwall


"Supporting children’s emotions and behaviour on return to school".

Date 24/06/2020 Dr Jacqui Piper Together for Families
 

Who it's for:

school leaders, pastoral staff, school staff

Funding:

Hinton House Training


Online training courses to enhance mental health & wellbeing in young people. Built around the books for teachers, therapists, parents, carers from Hinton House Publishers

Who it's for:

School staff

Funding:

Fees apply to courses 

I Wish my Teacher Knew…

A simple question providing powerful insight into the lives, experiences, hopes and day to day realities for our C&YP

For transition; for the beginning of a new term; for returning to school after lockdown…

There are a number of videos on Youtube (some better than others) 

Who it's for:

Everyone

Funding:

Louise Michelle Bombèr


Louise is the Clinical Lead and the Director of TouchBase Centre CiC in Brighton.

Louise is running a series of webinars on returning to school - see her eventbrite page - accompanied by a short and accessible 'New Guide for Transition Back to School'

She is also the author of number of books including her recently published "Know Me to Teach Me" about the power of relationships in the classroom.

Louise advocates a Trauma Aware approach to behaviour and inclusion.

The book is terrific read packed full of insight and practical tools. It simple, accessible functional and incredibly powerful.

Who it's for:

School staff

Funding:

Some costs: webinars / books

Mentally Healthy Schools


Mentally Healthy Schools brings together quality-assured resources to help primary schools promote children’s mental health and wellbeing. To support school staff and parents during these uncertain times we are producing fortnightly,  toolkits. 

See also Schools in Mind listing (for secondary schools) 

Who it's for:

School staff (mostly primary focus) 

Funding:

free

Paul Dix: When the Adults Change Everything Changes

A book about behaviour and the importance of 'deliberate botheredness'…

“Nurture isn’t just a room. Restorative practice isn’t a set of questions. Kindness isn’t weakness. Exclusion isn’t a behaviour strategy.”

There are some excellent study notes for 'When the Adults Change...' on Paul's website 

 

Who it's for:

School leaders, all school staff

Funding:

Cost for book (can order from the website directly at discount)

Recovery Curriculum


The recovery curriculum was suggested by Barry Carpenter in his Think Piece, A Recovery Curriculum: Loss and Life for our children and schools post pandemic.

To go alongside the article you can find a series of podcasts: "Conversations around a Recovery Curriculum" (LearningShared)

To explore and develop what a Recovery Curriculum might look like in the context of a school’s existing curricula.

Who it's for:

School leaders, school staff

Funding:

Free

Recovery Reflective Toolkit

Created by the Educational Psychology Service and Headstart.

The toolkit is a series of conversation starters / springboards to support your recovery planning. The prompts are ’ organised using the SWAN framework – Safe, Welcoming, Altogether, Nurturing suggested by Pooky Knightsmith.

Who it's for:

School leaders

School staff

Funding:

Rotherham Educational Psychology Service

A series of short (15-20 mins) e-learning modules to support staff through the Covid-19 pandemic and prior to the transition back into school.

https://www.rotherham.gov.uk/downloads/download/245/training-to-support-staff-through-the-covid-19-crisis-bringing-safety-and-hope

 

Who it's for:

School staff

Funding:

Start Now youtube Channel (Headstart Kernow)

Our youtube channel brings together a number of videos and webinars (including many listed here) to support wellbeing, inclusion and recovery work in school.

 

Playlists include:

  • Covid recovery - support for schools
  • Wellbeing - school support

The channel is also the home of our Youth in Mind film project created by young people for young people. 

Who it's for:

school staff

parents

children and young people 

Funding:

START Questionnaire – Adapted from UCL STARS Study

A study of 2000 children making the transition to secondary school showed that the ratings primary school teachers give on the START questionnaire is a very reliable way of predicting how well children do academically and socially at secondary school.

A copy of the questionnaire, slightly amended to add an extra column to consider the impact of Covid-19 on each pupil, is provided in "Transitions during the Covid-19 pandemic – Year 6 to Year 7" Educational Psychology Service May 2020

Who it's for:

Transition leads

Y7 pastoral leads 

 

Funding:

The Start Now online Wellbeing Action Plan

The Start Now online Wellbeing Action Plan has been created with young people in Cornwall. The YP worked alongside Dr Pooky Knightsmith. It is intended for YP from Y6 upwards.


The Wellbeing Action Plan

The WAP is divided into a number of sections:

  • Things that support my wellbeing
  • Things to avoid when you're feeling low
  • Triggers, challenges and early warning signs
  • Getting help and support
  • My one minute safety plan

Plus:

The wellbeing toolkit - Lots of ideas and activities to support wellbeing. 

What am I feeling? - To help YP understand emotions and feelings.

Using the WAP

Working with a trusted adult or on their own young people can create and print their own (personalised) plan by choosing which sections they would like to complete. They can write their own ideas or select from a list of suggestions made by other young people to help get them started.
The action plan can be used without logging in but if the YP wants to keep their plan and review it they can create a secure log-in.
The toolkit provides ideas and downloadable activities to support the action plans but can be used independently. Content will be added regularly. 

Who it's for:

 

C&YP

pastoral staff

parents and carers

Funding:

The Wellbeing Toolkit for Mental Health Leads

Dr Tina Rae et al published by Hinton House (Hinton House are also offering a 2 day online training with Tina Rae introducing the toolkit)

With the statutory duty on schools to deliver health and wellbeing education to all pupils from September 2020 and the new Ofsted framework placing a great deal of emphasis on personal development, the Mental Health Lead will need to train and upskill all staff to enable them to deliver high quality teaching in this area.

The Wellbeing Toolkit is a comprehensive 20 Module training resource designed to support Mental Health Leads in delivering emotional wellbeing in education and social care settings.

Who it's for:

School leaders

MH leads 

Funding:

There is a cost for the resource and additional training 

Tina Rae


Dr Tina Rae is a trainer and prolific author of many excellent books on C&YP wellbeing/ mental health  (search Hinton House for more details)

There are a number of excellent videos online including Tina's own youtube channel.


She has contributed to The Recovery Curriculum including her excellent podcast "Resourcing Recovery through Nurture"

Who it's for:

School leaders

Pastoral staff

All staff 

 

Funding:

Some webinars / podcasts 

paid for resources 

paid for online training

Universal Whole School Approach 


Research shows that schools that adopt a multi-component approach are more effective in promoting social, emotional health and mental wellbeing. The whole school approach involves pupils, staff, parents and the community as well as outside agencies in addressing emotional wellbeing and mental health issues.


In Cornwall we have  been working with Dr Pooky Knightsmith to bring her excellent resource "The Mentally Healthy Schools Workbook" to the attention of schools in Cornwall as part of the learning and legacy as Headstart draws to a close. 

Who it's for:

School leaders

All school staff

children and young people

governors 

parents & carers 

Funding:

We Heart CBT


WeHeartCBT is a collection of resources created by a CYP Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner. The resources are aimed at supporting children and young people who are struggling with low mood and/or anxiety related mental health difficulties. Resources are made for mental health professionals, schools and families and are evidence based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) strategies.

Who it's for:

Pastoral staff

Student support staff

Parents and carers 

Funding:

Fabulously free

Young Minds

YoungMinds 360° Schools programme provides information / training / resources for schools.

Sign up to get free tips, advice and handy teaching resources straight to your inbox.

The YM site is also full of excellent MH resources and information for parents and carers and young people.

Who it's for:

School staff

Parents & carers 

Young People 

Funding:

Free downloads 

Five Ways to Wellbeing (Start Now)


Information and resources to support 5 Ways to Wellbeing…


…and CLANGERS.

Who it's for:

YP

parents and carers 

school staff

Funding:

Wellbeing guide for staff working in schools and trusts: Managing the wellbeing of staff during COVID-19

NEOST / LGA June 2020

 

Download a copy here

Who it's for:

Senior leads

MH Lead

Staff Wellbeing Champion

Funding:

Free

Growing Through Grief  - Activities and Ideas

Dr Pooky Knightsmith

"When someone significant in a child's life dies, we find ourselves wanting to help but often don't know how. The activities I've created here are to help you bridge that gap and help you to help a child. I’ve developed these exercises so you can pick and choose. Use whatever feels like a good fit for you and the child and adapt it to work for you"

 

Who it's for:

School leaders, school staff, parents and carers

Funding:

Nurture UK 

nurtureuk is dedicated to improving the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people and removing barriers to learning by promoting nurture in education.

Resources, training, Boxall profile. 

Have some excellent transition resources

 

Who it's for:

school leaders

pastoral staff

MH leads 

parents and carers

Funding:

Boing-Boing 

Mental Health Resource - Covid Supplement 

 

Boing-Boig website 

 

MH resource

 

MH resource covid-19 supplement 

 

Supporting children and young people's Mental Health 

Who it's for:

School leads

School MH Leads 

Funding:

N/A

Coronavirus: Supporting pupils mental health and well-being 

This guidance aims to help school leaders and their staff, in all phases of education, support children and young people with their mental health and well-being in light of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, by outlining some universal approaches for all pupils and for with those with low-level mental health needs.

Who it's for:

School Staff

School Leaders

Mental Health Leads

Funding:

Creating Opportunities for Connection Experiencing Being Held in Mind

There are many ways to reduce the rupture of emotional connection during social isolation, the following ideas have been compiled from many contributions from TIS UK trainers and practitioners across the country.

Who it's for:

TIS practitioners  

School staff

Funding:

Beacon House - How to transition to the Covid-19 ‘New Normal’ A seminar for all those in Education (3 hours)

The impact of Covid-19 on individuals, community and culture within Education is unprecedented and profound. All those in Education face complex personal and professional challenges over the coming months and years as we all adapt to the ‘New Normal’. At Beacon House, we believe that this opens the door to an opportunity for collaboration, learning, reflection and adaptability. Through this, we can become wiser and stronger than ever before. 

As a service, we are passionate about enabling adults who work with, or care for, children to understand the impact of trauma, loss and adversity. We are committed to supporting adults become effective and pro-active in enabling the recovery from trauma, so that children and their families can thrive.

How the training is structured

Schools can purchase one of three training package options, depending on which meets their needs:

Option One:

  • A 3-hour online module for the whole school team

Option Two:

  • A 3-hour online module for the whole school team AND
  • A 2-hour online module for the senior leadership team only

Option Three:

  • A 3-hour online module for the whole school team AND
  • A 2-hour online module for the senior leadership team only AND
  • A remote Q&A session with the trainers to help consolidate your learning

 

Who it's for:

School staff

School leaders

Funding:

Email  training@beaconhouse.org.uk to find out the fee. 

Learning Institute 

The Learning Institute provides free opportunities for individuals and communities through high quality education, training and research programmes that challenge personal barriers and promote social inclusion. Based in the South West of England, our courses are run locally, and are designed to fit around work and family life. We believe learning should be informed by research, guided by ethics and committed to communities.  It should offer the freedom to make empowering choices, remove barriers to allow the freedom to make those choices and create the desire and expectation that the choices made will lead to positive change.

Who it's for:

School Staff 

Funding:

Kernow SEMH

Penny Hermes - Consultant

  • We offer a wide range of training for  SENCOs, Teachers, Senior Leaders, Teaching Assistance and Lunchtime staff, whole school staff and Parent Support Advisors .See In School training page for more detail.
  • Individual pupil consultation when a pupil is showing challenging behaviours
  • Outdoor learning 

About Penny Previously an Advisor for Cornwall Council's Behaviour Support Service. Team Teach Tutor. Forest School Level 3 leader. Headstart Kernow Practitioner. Safeguarding and SEN Governor.  Previously a Thrive trainer

 

Who it's for:

School staff.

Funding:

Costs involved - see website for details 

Guidance for Primary Schools to support mental health and wellbeing

 

The mental health and wellbeing toolkit for primary schools, developed by the National Children’s Bureau in consultation with DfE, has now been published.

Who it's for:

School Staff

 

Funding:

Planning a wellbeing inset day toolkit - Anna Freud Centre

This toolkit is designed to be a guided Inset day for schools to work through, focused on wellbeing.

Date published: 28/07/2020

From speaking to many of you, we know that one of your primary concerns on welcoming children back to school in the autumn is mental health and wellbeing.

An Inset day before the start of term is a great opportunity for the whole school staff to come together to focus on wellbeing, ready for the term ahead.

This toolkit is split into four sections:

  • Auditing your school
  • Planning for potential separation anxiety
  • Supporting staff wellbeing
  • Improving the school environment

We have also included some suggested resources to use in the first weeks of term.

You can use this toolkit in whatever way works best for you – you could pick individual sections to complete, or you could follow the full plan across the day.

Who it's for:

School Staff

Mental Health Leads

Funding: