and mental wellbeing for children and young people
Mental Health Leads in Schools
The government Green Paper on C&YP mental Health published in 2018 recommends that all schools and colleges have a designated lead for mental health (DLMH) by 2025.
***Mental Leads in School training - DfE Update Autumn 2023****
SECOND GRANT: Schools can apply for a second grant (if previous lead who attended training has left the school)
If you’re one of the 80 or so schools in Cornwall who haven’t yet applied for the grant, you can still sign up, but time is running out. You must be signed up to a course starting before / on 31st March 2024.
DfE training / Support
DfE has made funding available for schools to choose training from a list of approved providers. More details on the training here
The DfE have also published their Learning outcomes for senior mental health lead training (PDF) The learning outcomes will enable a senior mental health lead to implement and sustain:
"...an effective whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing in their setting..."
HSK, through our work on the Cornwall Schools Wellbeing Hub, are keen to help support schools to implement-
"a Whole School, trauma informed, relational approach to wellbeing that is 'Everybody's Business'"
There is flexibility in how the funding can be spent. For example leads will vary in the levels of experience / prior training so will be able to access training suitable to needs. The grant must be used on training to help develop or introduce your whole school or college approach to mental health and wellbeing. there are many different courses
Cornwall Mental Health Leads in Schools Network
The Cornwall MH Leads Network provides signposting / support / training / resources and brings together MH Leads to share ideas / information and mutual support.
More information about the network and a network forum can be found on the Cornwall Wellbeing Hub
the Network will aim to:
- provide training / support on all areas of a whole school approach
- opportunities to network and share good practice
- continue FREE access to the Pooky Knightsmith / Creative Education platform to access online on demand training / webinars / resources
- provide resources and tools to help you to share learning with colleagues and the wider school community.
Ideas for developing a mental health policy
Further information about MH LeadsTraining
Information about Wellbeing Awards for Schools
Cornwall Wellbeing Hub - access to webinar recordings / on demand training
Wellbeing in Schools Newsletter - sign up for our occasional newsletter.
Page last updated: 24 October 2023