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.

Please note, that as we are delivering the new DfE Wellbeing for Education return training, we have also had to add in additional week of training on w/c 19th October, as the materials will take longer to deliver than would be possible in a single meeting.

(For further details of the DfE training, please click here).

Dates of Network meetings and DfE Wellbeing for Education Reurn Training

Part 1: Network Meeting including Part 1 of DfE training

Monday 12th October 9.30am to 12.00pm – West

Tuesday 13th October 9.30am to 12.00pm – North

Wednesday 14th October 9.30am to 12.00pm – East

Thursday 15th October 9.30am to 12.00pm – South

Part 2: Part 2 of DfE training only

Monday 19th October 9.30am to 11am – West

Tuesday 20th October 9.30am to 11am – North

Wednesday 21st October 9.30am to 11am – East

Thursday 22nd October 9.30am to 11am – South

Important information:

  • Champions (or a representative) are expected to disseminate the DfE training to all staff in their own schools, in line with guidance from the Government.
  • The same person needs to attend both part 1 and part 2 of the DfE training as the latter part will continue and build upon the first session.
  • All meetings will be held online via Webex (more technical details to follow as soon as we get them).
  • All sessions are mornings only at present, with no afternoon sessions being delivered until further notice.
  • As with all Network Meetings, there is a limit of one person per school. Schools should not send an additional member of staff to a network meeting event during the same half-term, even if it is on a different day of the week. However, we will try to operate a waiting list system if it is feasible to do so. If this is workable, additional members of staff would be able to book on to unfilled places that become available at short notice. 
  • The Network Meeting for the second half of the autumn term will go ahead as usual. This will be w/c 30th November. The content of this session will not include the DfE materials as this will have been completed at the additional session w/c 19th October.

Individual Supervision for Champions:

Each month an Educational Psychologist will be available to talk to Champions on an individual basis regarding their practice in schools. There will be three slots per month, each slot lasting approximately 45 to 60 minutes. If Champions feel that a discussion may deviate towards discussing an individual child or young person in any way, it would be essential to complete an EP referral form and send it in to us prior to the supervision session. The form must be signed by a person with parental responsibility. The form to be used is the one used for a usual EP referral which is on the main Educational Psychology page on BSOL, which can be found here: Main EP page (please scroll down to find link to consent forms)


September: Wens 30th pm: 1-1:45pm; 2-2:45pm; 3-3:45pm

October: Wens 14th am: 9-9:45am; 10-10:45am; 11-11:45am

November: Tues 10th pm: 1-1:45pm; 2-2:45pm; 3-3:45pm

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

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: Wens 7th 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 (please note changes to previous):

Individual supervision sessions: Telephone Charlotte McLaughlan on 01274 439423 before 12 noon only.

Network Meetings/DfE Training: Reply to the invitation email sent by Angela King, or email: with ‘MHC network meeting booking request’ as the email subject.

For queries please email:

Useful websites:  The website for booking your place at network meetings. The online digital counselling service for 11 to 18 years olds commissioned by Bradford CCGs. Link to information on this resource for supporting children and young people with emotional regulation. Link to free online resources which explain the fight, flight, freeze and submit responses in user-friendly guides. A useful video that explains how early experiences affect brain development and how this impacts on behaviour. A thought-provoking TED talk about how children 'do well if they can'.


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