Mental Health Champions in Bradford Schools

Mental Health Champions in Bradford Schools

The Mental Health Champions project

The project was set up to provide support for schools in dealing with children and young people with low level mental health or emotional wellbeing difficulties. It is not intended to replace specialist support, but is a way that schools can access information and guidance for staff carrying out their day to day roles and responsibilities. The project is managed and delivered by Bradford Educational Psychology Team, meaning that training and support is based on up to date research and evidence-based practice.

Although it has been running on an ‘opt in' basis for a number of years, all schools in Bradford are now expected to join the project. Delivery of the project is fully funded by the Clinical Commissioning Groups in Bradford, and therefore costs to schools are minimal, and mainly limited to the costs of sending Champions to the six basic Network Meetings.

Schools should nominate a ‘Mental Health Champion’ who acts as a point of contact in school and who attends six meetings per year where they receive training and supervision related to issues affecting the mental health of children and young people.

DfE Wellbeing for Education Return Training

Any schools that missed the first round of training will soon be able to access recorded versions of the training. All registered and existing Champions will be notified by email as soon as the materials are online, and how to access them. If your school is not currently regiestered as a part of the project and you would like to view the materials, please sign up to the project by emailing MHChampions@bradford.gov.uk

Network Meetings:

Half termly Network Meetings are where we deliver training and facilitate reflective peer supervision for Champions. Other key information is also disseminated through these sessions. Each school is asked to send their Champion to one session per half term. We regret that we do not have the capacity for more than one person from the same school to attend within the same week.

At the moment, these sessions are being delivered online via the Council's chosen platform, WebEx. You do not need to download any software or register to access WebEx, you can access the sessions directly through your browser via the link that will be sent to you when you have signed up via Skills for Bradford.

Please note that during the session, the presenters will be focussing on delivery and will be unable to assist with individual technical difficulties. If most participants are able to see and hear the input, the issue is likely to be with your own device or internet connection. Swapping devices, going to an area with better internet connectivity, or plugging in a speaker of headphones can sometimes help.

Dates for future sessions:

Network Meeting 3: w/c 25th January

The topic for these sessions will be around supporting CYP with anxiety related to perceptions of falling behind with their school work.

Monday 25th January 9.30 - 12 noon for schools in the west area

Tuesday 26th January 9.30 - 12 noon for schools in the north area

Wednesday 27th January 9.30 - 12 noon for schools in the east area

Thursday 28th January 9.30 - 12 noon for schools in the south area

Network Meeting 4.: w/c 22nd March

Monday 22nd March 9.30 - 12 noon for schools in the west area

Tuesday 23rd March 9.30 - 12 noon for schools in the north area

Wednesday 24th March 9.30 - 12 noon for schools in the east area

Thursday 25th March 9.30 - 12 noon for schools in the south area

Network Meeting 5: w/c 24th May

Monday 24th May 9.30 - 12 noon for schools in the west area

Tuesday 25th May 9.30 - 12 noon for schools in the north area

Wednesday 26th May 9.30 - 12 noon for schools in the east area

Thursday 27th May 9.30 - 12 noon for schools in the south area

Network Meeting 6: w/c 5th July

Monday 5th July 9.30 - 12 noon – for schools in the west area

Tuesday 6th July 9.30 - 12 noon – for schools in the north area

Wednesday 7th July 9.30 - 12 noon – for schools in the east area

Thursday 8th July 9.30 - 12 noon – for schools in the south area

Booking details: Please book via the Skills for Bradford Website: https://skills4bradford.co.uk/ 

Parent Workshops:

We are pleased to announce that we have now made arrangements for our parent/carer workshops and support groups.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus situation, we are holding our events this term online, via WebEx. Parents/carers will need internet access in order to log in to WebEx, but they do not need to download any software or register a WebEx account.

The third round of dates are:

Monday 1st February 10am-11.30am

Monday 1st February 1pm-2.30pm

Tuesday 2nd February 10am-11.30am

Tuesday 2nd February 1pm-2.30pm

* Sessions may be cancelled if minimum numbers are not met, and any parents/carers who did select such a date will be offered an alternative.

The topic for these sessions will be around supporting CYP with anxiety related to perceptions of falling behind with their school work.

Parents and carers are eligible if the child/young person (up to age 18) in their care lives in the Bradford area. The child or young person does not have to be currently attending school/college.

There will also be further sessions later the same half term, at dates yet to be arranged, and then every subsequent half term. Future topics will include input around mental and health and emotional wellbeing issues for CYP, and may include as general anxiety, school-related anxiety, low mood, self-harm etc. (Further details will be circulated as soon as they have been confirmed)

Booking details: To book please email Charlotte McLaughlin: charlotte.mclaughlan@bradford.gov.uk or call Charlotte on 07816 089217 (before 12 noon please).
Parents are welcome to book directly but we would also accept registrations of interest on behalf of parents from MH Champions in school, and other staff members. Once interest has been registered, log in details and passwords will be sent.

Individual Supervision for Champions:

Each month an Educational Psychologist will be available to talk to Champions on an individual basis regarding their own professional practice as a Mental Health Champion in school. There will be three slots per month, each slot lasting approximately 45 to 60 minutes. The subject of the discussion should relate to mental health or emotional wellbeing, and should relate to your role in the matter as an MHC, i.e. low  to medium level mental health or emotional wellbeing concerns.

If Champions feel that the supervisory discussion may involve discussing an individual child or young person in any way, it would be essential to complete a consent form and send it in to us prior to the supervision session. The form must be signed by a person with parental responsibility. If we do not recieve expressed written consent from a parent, the request will unfortunately be declined. Please request a form from Charlotte McLaughlin (see booking details below) or by emailing the MH Champions inbox (see contact details below).

Please note that the consent form is to ensure parents/carers consent to the child or young person being discussed in a supervisory situation. However, this does not mean that you are making a referral for EP casework.

If the request does not concern a mental health or emotional wellbeing matter, or if it is a higher level matter outside the remit of a Champion, you may be redirected to the EP Team's Consultation Hubs if this is deemed a more appropriate route. (There are charges for this service for academies - please see the main EP page).

Dates:

January: Wens 13th pm: 1-1:45pm; 2-2:45pm; 3-3:45pm

February: Tues 9th am: 9-9:45am; 10-10:45am; 11-11:45am

March: Mon 8th pm: 1-1:45pm; 2-2:45pm; 3-3:45pm

April: Wens 7th am: 9-9:45am; 10-10:45am; 11-11:45am

May: Tues 4th pm: 1-1:45pm; 2-2:45pm; 3-3:45pm

June: Mon 7th am: 9-9:45am; 10-10:45am; 11-11:45am

July: Tues 6th pm: 1-1:45pm; 2-2:45pm; 3-3:45pm

August: Tues 3rd am: 9-9:45am; 10-10:45am; 11-11:45am

Booking details: To book a supervision session please contact Charlotte McLaughlan on 01274 439423 before 12 noon only or email charlotte.mclaughlan@bradford.gov.uk

General queries or to sign up your school to the project/register your Champion:

Please email: mhchampions@bradford.gov.uk

Useful websites:

http://skills4bradford.co.uk/  The website for booking your place at network meetings.

https://www.kooth.com/ The online digital counselling service for 11 to 18 years olds commissioned by Bradford CCGs.

http://www.zonesofregulation.com/index.html Link to information on this resource for supporting children and young people with emotional regulation.

http://www.innerworldwork.co.uk/ Link to free online resources which explain the fight, flight, freeze and submit responses in user-friendly guides.

https://www.annafreud.org/what-we-do/anna-freud-learning-network/childhood-adversity-and-trauma/network-voices/watch-nspccs-brain-builder/ A useful video that explains how early experiences affect brain development and how this impacts on behaviour.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuoPZkFcLVs A thought-provoking TED talk about how children 'do well if they can'.

 


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