Emotional Wellbeing

Slough has committed to emotional wellbeing as one of their priorities for 2018/2019.  There are a range of activities and services in place in and across Slough to support emotional wellbeing of our staff and students in school.  We will be updating on this page as these projects evolve over the coming months.

A mental health directory has been developed outlining all mental health services in Slough and nationally to assist practitioners/teachers to identify support early on and seek out help at the right time for children and young people. This can be accessed here.

Schools can now access a new tier 2 service of support for anxiety and depression, called Andy clinic which has been embedded in the Early help system. The Early Help Hub provides direct and prompt access to low level (tier 2) mental health services than wait to be referred via CAMHS, providing the right service at the right time. Please email your MARF to sloughchildren.referrals@scstrust.co.uk

PPePCare training is high quality training available FREE to all Slough Schools on a range of mental health issues. Please see attachment flyer below for details. For further details contact: lisa.thomson@berkshire.nhs.uk

Youth Champions Programme:

This programme has been funded for Year 12 students to become youth champions, initially in 4 secondary schools. The contract to upskill these YP has been delivered by Aik Saath to promote mental health awareness, reduce stigma and be led by peers. For further details and to engage with this programme please email: janette.fullwood@nhs.net

The National Working Group (National Police and Justice Lead) brings to you the latest version of the Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Social Media Library (CSAE) 2019.  This is not a list of 'dangerous', 'bad' or 'apps to avoid', but contains details of apps and websites that have been encountered within exploitation investigations or through research that have been used by victims and offenders.  The library contains details of 209 different apps and websites.  This can help schools understand the apps and websites that are on the market.  Please note this is a continuously changing market and the list is not exhaustive. 

The Slough Heads Conference in February 2018 was aimed to raise awareness of the mental health paper (green paper) and to produce a resource pack of support for schools to use including a range of resources from useful background reading for different settings, lesson resources and the range of things that can be accessed as wider reading and self-support, e.g. websites, twitter feeds. This area of work has been led by Rachel Cross and the resource pack is available below to download. For further details please email her on rachel.cross@slough.gov.uk

Watch this space for the 2x new exciting Wellbeing posts in Slough to help raise the profile of general wellbeing in schools and early years settings.

The aim of the post’s are to raise standards in schools and early years settings across 4 areas (physical health, healthy eating, promote PSHE and a major focus on emotional and mental Wellbeing). The education post will focus on supporting schools to develop MH strategies and activities and promoting resources for the PSHE ad the early years post will support children’s centres. Updates will be shared by Jatinder Matharu.               

On 22nd November 2018, 16 secondary schools will have Mental Health First Aid training which is funded through the government, part of the Green Paper commitment to train and have at least 1 MH lead in schools by 2025.

I am working with Mental Health England to ensure that all other outstanding schools also receive this opportunity. The aim is this is rolled out to primary schools next year. Please contact jatinder.matharu@slough.gov.uk to register your interest.