Most children and young people are resilient and will suffer no long term emotional harm from the pandemic. It is normal for everyone to experience mild difficulties, such as having days or times when they eat less, have trouble sleeping, seem more irritable,
or express more worries.
Some children may however have more persistent difficulty adjusting to the changes we are all experiencing due to the pandemic and may benefit from additional support to cope during this time. Those children experiencing these difficulties in school may benefit
from tailored interventions or support from an EEWP to facilitate their recovery.
Research indicates that the presenting concerns are likely to fall into the areas of low mood, anxieties and worry, resilience and bereavement but this is not an exhaustive list. The therapeutic work of EEWPs is underpinned by child focused approaches.
The Education based Emotional Wellbeing practitioners (EEWP) Team
The Education Emotional Wellbeing Team is part of the Educational Psychology Team and aims to
provide early intervention for children and young people who are presenting with concerns which appear to have
emerged as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Their purpose is to provide early intervention so initial concerns do not develop further.
The EEWP team is funded via the Covid Recovery Grant and there is no cost to schools for this service.
The aim of the EEWPs is to work proactively in educational settings to improve children and young people’s emotional wellbeing following Covid. EEWPs will provide support to children and young people with persistent mild to moderate difficulties, on a one-to-one
or small group basis. We will work in schools and early years’ settings to provide low intensity, evidence based interventions such as guided self-help based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Parents and carers may be contacted by the EEWP's at consultation
We are are working to support all those children and young people referred to us, this may be offered virtually as any face to face work is extremely limited.
How to make a referral
Referrals need to come from schools.
The Referral Form (including Consent Form) can be accessed here.
Using the referral pathway below, schools need to consider carefully whether a referral is appropriate.
A referral cannot be processed unless there is signed parent / carer consent.
Once the referral is received it will be triaged by the EEWP team and a decision made about next steps. You will be contacted about the outcome of your referral within 5 working days. If your referral is not successful, you will be given guidance on next
Following a successful referral, you will be offered a date and time for an initial assessment. The appointment will be used to clarify the emotional needs of the CYP, the aim of the possible intervention and how best the CYP can be supported in school.
For further information, please contact:
Includes: Mental Health Champion Project information, Workshops and Meetings.
Mental Health Champion Parent Workshops: focusing on supporting CYP with anxiety related to perceptions of falling behind with their school work. Future topics around Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing.
Covid Resources from CAMHS
Includes: Activities and resources to help parents support children and young people understand the mental health impacts from Covid.
Anna Freud Mentally Healthy Schools
Includes: a free website for Primary, Seconary schools and Further Education across the UK, offering school staff, parents and carers, information, advice and practical resources to better understand and promote pupils’ mental health and wellbeing.
1. Guidance notes 1 2. Introduction and user guide 2 3. Parent Focus 3 4. Staff Focus 4 5. Regulate (calm) 9 6. Relate (connect) 15 7. Reason (reflect/think) 20 8. Timetabling Primary (an example) 23 9. Timetabling Secondary (an example)