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Thursday 24 January 2008 11:21 Department for Children, Schools and Families (National)Better support for emotional wellbeing in schools - 25 pilot areas announced
Minister for Young People Kevin Brennan today announced the 25 local authorities that will begin the Targeted Mental Health in Schools project.
Each local authority and corresponding Primary Care Trusts will work with between three and six secondary schools, as well as their feeder or associated primary schools, to deliver better support for those children who are at risk or are already experiencing mental health problems.
The successful local authorities are; Luton, Norfolk, Suffolk, Leicester City, Lincolnshire, Hackney, Merton, Southwark, Gateshead, Northumberland, Sunderland, Blackburn & Darwen, Blackpool, Bury, Brighton & Hove, Kent, Reading, Leeds, North East Lincolnshire, Coventry, Shropshire, Wolverhampton, Gloucestershire, Swindon, Cornwall.
Kevin Brennan said:
"Good mental health and wellbeing are crucial to ensuring that all our children and young people can learn, achieve and fulfil their potential. Early detection and intervention through schools and nurseries is vital in doing this.
"I would like to congratulate each of the local authorities that will be taking part in these important pilots.
"Each pilot will be implementing innovative ways to ensure a better service to some of their most vulnerable children and families and their success will inform the national roll-out of this project."
The schools, who have all chosen to be involved in the pilots, will develop innovative approaches to mental health support, bringing together professionals and relevant services to ensure holistic help and support is easily accessible to those children and their families who need it most.
Funding for the pilots will be available as part of the £60 million announced by Secretary of State Ed Balls in July 2007, to promote mental wellbeing in schools.
The pilots will be able to use the funding for:
* More practitioners: school based staff (such as learning mentors and family support workers); practitioners with mental health expertise i.e. primary mental health workers, therapists;
* Voluntary sector providers - to work in and close to schools;
* The development and delivery of effective training and support for practitioners.
Each pathfinder will employ a project manager. Further guidance for schools containing more detail on therapeutic interventions will be published in early 2008. The guidance will supplement the Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) programme and will summarise the key findings and emerging evidence from the pilots as well as providing suggestions on interventions which are consistent with the overall SEAL approach.
The pilots will be evaluated to identify successful models of mental health support and the findings will inform the roll-out of Targeted Mental Health in Schools nationally in 2009-10 and 2010-11.
NOTES TO EDITORS
1. In July 2007, Secretary of State Ed Balls announced £60 million available over three years from 2008 for targeted with schools for children and young people at risk of/or experiencing mental health problems.
2. In December 2007 Secretary of State Ed Balls and Heath Secretary Alan Johnson announced a review of CAMHS to ensure that the educational and emotional needs of children and young people with mental health problems, or at risk of developing them, are being met.
3. The Targeted Mental Health in Schools project will begin in April 2008. 25 local authorities and their corresponding Primary Care Trusts will develop models and processes, alongside a thorough support programme and rigorous evaluation. Learning from these pilots will continually inform a phased national roll out from year two (2009-10) onwards. The national roll out will proceed as follows:
* 2008-2009 - 25 pathfinder local authorities
* 2009-2010 - 55 local authorities will join the 25 pathfinders, totalling 80
* 2010-2011 - the remaining 70 authorities will join, totalling 150
4. The targeted Mental Health in Schools Projects include:
East of England
Norfolk has selected four clusters of schools. The pathfinder will extend and embed SEAL alongside commissioning additional professionals to deliver specialist/therapeutic early intervention work in schools for children experiencing problems; delivering individual parent/carer support to enable parents/carers to participate in and benefit from group positive parenting programmes; and offering targeted provision and assertive outreach for hard to engage, vulnerable parents/carers and children.
Leicester City pathfinder will build on two integrated service hubs delivering joined up services and on a city-wide multi-agency community based mental health team (the Child Behaviour Intervention Initiative - CBII). The pathfinder will cover 7 secondary schools and 39 primary schools across three clusters. The project will develop a school mental health team to deliver a holistic approach to working with children, young people and their families through the school setting.
The pathfinder will complement and enhance the existing range of multi -agency work promoting pupil emotional health and well being, including healthy schools, SEAL, pupil development centres and mentoring. The aims of the project are to deliver a variety of group based and individualised intervention work in schools including: providing brief therapeutic treatments on a one to one basis, offering drop in support, parenting advice and education for parents, and offering advice and training to staff in schools including helping develop and implement effective referral systems Five secondary schools, including a special school and 14 primaries will be involved in the pathfinder.
The pathfinder in Sunderland aims to deliver targeted early intervention support for children at risk and their parents through; supporting and training school staff ; providing evidence based targeted interventions alongside developing an integrated single referral pathway to specialist CAMHS. It will include five secondary schools and their 20 feeder primaries embracing all children in the 5 to 13 age group.
The model to be adopted by Blackpool will include early detection of mental health problems, signposting to a key worker, and where appropriate access to other services. The project will develop schools CAMHS teams to provide specialist CAMH support to participating schools. They will provide a direct therapeutic service to children, young people and their families via the schools. Therapies offered will include solution focused work, and will aim to improve existing referral mechanisms to multi-agency specialist CAMHS.
Brighton & Hove
It will aim to build on and extend the community CAMHS element of the existing schools and communities team in each of the 3 areas of the city. As a result it aims to develop and provide training and support for such as learning mentor and school counsellors in a range of mental health evidence based approaches to develop family based support alongside school based interventions and build on existing systems and processes to develop coherent and co-ordinated approaches across schools and specialist CAMHS. Pilot to include 4 secondary schools and 8 feeder primaries. The project will track the cohorts of children from yrs 5 and 6 through to their transfer to the selected secondary schools and support them through the transfer process
The project will build on existing 'whole school' approaches (e.g. SEAL, NHSS) to promote an ethos of positive behaviour and successful relationships, involving all staff, pupils and parents; develop a multi-agency 'stepped care' approach to the prevention and management of mental health problems; provide a high quality therapeutic intervention by trained staff and using specific psychological interventions. The Pathfinder will work with three school clusters (one in each of the three areas for children's services), and will involve 7 secondary schools, 26 primaries and 2 special schools.
Yorkshire & Humber
The pathfinder project seeks to offer a continuum of support and guidance to children, young people, parents and families and to staff groups. Some of the activities will include developing a Resilience Framework, Peer Awareness & Listening service, support services to parents and families that focus on emotional well-being, and opportunities to commission through extended services, and offering a Parent Mediation service
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