Hastings Opportunity Area Mental Health Update – July 2020

Jul 22, 2020

From the Autumn term FREE Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing (MHEW) support will still be available to Hastings schools from Boingboing CIC https://www.boingboing.org.uk/

PSHE Support for Primary and for Secondary

Boingboing will continue to offer PSHE support to all Hastings schools as and when they request, currently online and by phone. They can work with schools to develop lessons for in school use and for children at home or to signpost to excellent resources online. Face to face support including co-teaching will restart from September 2020. Many schools have been considering how to adapt their PSHE or RSHE lessons this year in line with statutory guidance. Schools engaging so far have found support with Pupil voice, support with PSHE statutory requirements and the readiness checker very helpful. 

Primary and Secondary School Support MHEW Whole School Approach 

Boingboing will also continue to offer Hastings and St Leonards schools 2 days free, bespoke, mental health and emotional wellbeing consultancy to support whole school approaches to MHEW. They will be able to help your school prepare for issues which might arise around transition, bereavement, family conflict and anxiety when pupils return.

Your Schools Training Offer Can also Include

Training options with Boingboing to promote whole school MHEW (online initially) for your school, can also include training sessions on the following:

Staff Wellbeing – In the light of COVID – 19 – Practical evidence-based strategies that schools can implement with all staff and staff can use to support themselves and each other through the challenges ahead.

Parental/carer Engagement – Practical strategies for promoting parent/carer engagement to support resilience in families to promote attendance and enhance learning.

Promoting Mental Health and Emotional Resilience in the aftermath of Covid -19. Training for all staff to develop an understanding of the resilience research evidence to mitigate the impact of COVID – 19 in school.

Whole School Strategies for positive Mental Health and Emotional Resilience – for senior leaders and governors.

Working with Pupils to help them promote Mental Health and Emotional Resilience ideas and strategies to enable pupils to lead MHEW initiatives in school.

Bespoke MHEW 1 Day Training Session for Primary Schools.

From September, Boingboing can work with your primary school to offer a day’s free training, delivered in school, to the whole staff team if required. Training will be based around a mental health need that your school have identified you would like further training on.

Please contact annerathbone@boingboing.org.uk if you are interested in any of the above offers.

Twilight Training Sessions 

From September Boingboing are able to offer free spaces to Hastings and St Leonards primary and secondary schools to join their one off Twilight courses which all take place online. The training is open to all Hastings schools and will run through September and October. The training will be provided on Microsoft Teams. For further information and booking please go to https://www.boingboing.org.uk/online-resilience-training/ where you will find a section for Hastings Primary Twilight Sessions. 

They will include sessions on the following:

  • Promoting staff resilience
  • Understanding school refusal and anxiety
  • Understanding trauma Pt 1 and Pt 2
  • Supporting parents and children through transition
  • Supporting children to manage difficult emotions and responding to self-harm (cutting, eating, biting, hair pulling etc)
  • Domestic violence and resilience
  • Supporting marginalised parents

Free Return to School Resource Sheet 

During the Covid-19 period Boingboing have continued to work with some of our Hastings schools with what they have suggested they will need. You can find the Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing return to school resource sheet here.

Supporting Children and Young People’s Mental Health

In addition to developing a school’s guide for supporting children and young people’s mental health, Boingboing have put together a supplementary Covid-19 guide. This is in recognition that the pandemic has brought additional challenges regarding emotional wellbeing and mental health. The aim of the guide is to support schools to respond resiliently and support the mental health and wellbeing of everyone at a time when it is more important than ever that we take a whole school approach. This involves saturating the environment with resilience building opportunities and involving everyone in the process of rebuilding our education. One of the main tools 

that accompanies Boingboing’s approach to supporting schools develop a whole school approach is their Resilience Framework. The guide suggests additional considerations when using the Resilience Framework at this challenging time. Download your free copy of the guide here https://www.boingboing.org.uk/supporting-young-peoples-mental-health/ 

MHEW Online Consultation (please complete) 

Boingboing are partners in the University Centre of Resilience for Social Justice and would like all Hastings schools to encourage as many of their staff and parents as possible, to complete a short online survey.  The survey is to inform a national research project .The online consultation asks parents and teachers for their views on current mental health need for pupils and staff going back to school. They will then make recommendations on what schools could be doing to facilitate the best possible return and most effective support. If enough of our Hastings schools and parents complete this survey, this will enable Boingboing to write up specific reports on the findings bespoke to our area. 

Please visit https://brighton.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/staffperspectives to complete the survey and promote through your schools own communication networks, to encourage your parents to complete https://brighton.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/parentcarerperspectives. The survey will take 10-15 minutes to complete and is not compulsory. Further information regarding the project and the safety of your data and your right to withdraw, can be found in the information sheet at the beginning of the survey.   

York Consulting Evaluation of the HOA Mental Health Projects

York Consulting will be undertaking a smaller wave of fieldwork over the summer 2020. This is to understand how some of the HOA funded MHEW projects in Hastings have delivered and adapted during the COVID-19 period. Understanding what works, how and why in post-COVID 19 will become increasingly useful in delivering timely and impactful interventions nationally. The research will also enable the DfE to build its evidence base on how delivery of interventions can be adapted remotely. Also as a gauge to how key stakeholders on the Hastings MHEW project have been impacted and supported by our projects. This research will take place between July and August 2020 and will involve a sample of Headteacher/SLT telephone interviews and SENCO telephone surveys. 

Additional Key Workers

In addition to the emotional wellbeing key workers that have been working across a number of our schools, The Hastings Opportunity Area has funded Education Futures Trust (EFT) to provide 3 additional short term ‘key workers’ from April to September 2020. EFT has been working with schools, who prior to the initiative, did not receive a key work service and with schools requesting extra support. The Key workers are working with families identified by each school and provide emotional well-being support including parenting advice, support around children and young people accessing learning, and practical support such as food parcel deliveries.

HOA are also still also supporting the below projects which your school may find useful to access

Open for Parents continue to offer their services please see their website: https://www.openforparents.org.uk/  

SWIFT support for schools for domestic abuse and sexualised behaviour is available to offer telephone advice to Hastings schools. SWIFT’s guided conversations & Toolkits can be found at https://czone.eastsussex.gov.uk/safeguarding/support-for-safeguarding-in-colleges-schools-and-early-years-settings/safeguarding-model-policies-and-guidance/domestic-abuse-guidance/

i-Rock services – aged 14 plus please their website: https://www.sussexpartnership.nhs.uk/irock

Youth Service and #kNOwknives please see their website: https://www.facebook.com/KnowKnives-237304627222490/

Other Support for Schools 

Educator Solutions PSHE Solution Programme of Support RSHE

In addition to the statutory guidance being effective from September 2020, RSHE will form a key part of your post-pandemic recovery curriculum. The ESCC PSHE Solution programme of support has moved from face-to-face delivery to online delivery and over the coming months will release new learning materials and resources to support schools with your recovery curriculum. The first of these is a RSHE Briefing which talks you through key points and changes within the new guidance. Over the following months Education Solutions be developing and sharing new digital resources and tools including RSHE: A Governors Role briefing, Effective parental engagement, including survey and engagement tools, Staff CPD, including survey and inset plan, RSHE for SEND pupils in mainstream settings. Everything is FREE to East Sussex schools through funding from East Sussex Public Health. Contact ESCCPSHEsolution@educatorsolutions.org.uk for further information.

ESCC Therapeutic Thinking Training

ESCC is pleased to announce that their booking process for the full 3-day Therapeutic Thinking training has been re-opened. The dates for all of the full training sessions across the next 18 months are now available for bookings. Places are limited so please book as soon as possible to secure your preferred dates. All the information you need can be found by clicking on this link Therapeutic Thinking CZone.The application form is under point 5. ‘Who can access the training and how to apply’. There are no longer any set criteria for schools to apply; and applications are welcomed from ALL schools. The application form has been simplified and only takes a minute or two to complete. If you have any further queries please contact Therapeutic.Thinking@eastsussex.gov.uk

FREE MHEW Webinars 

The ESCC MHEW Conference for Schools was an entirely virtual event this year due to the pandemic. Further MHEW webinars will be publicised shortly for terms 1 and 2, along with details of school/college MH Lead networking meetings and MH Lead group supervision sessions. You can also find MHEW guidance and resources on czone and on the ESCC covid-19 pages for schools, parents/carers and children and young people. For further information, advice and support please contact: judy.perraton@eastsussex.gov.uk.  

Care for the Carers – Free Counselling Sessions for 12- 18 year olds

Care for the Carers, a charity based in East Sussex, were awarded last Autumn funding from BBC Children in Need, for a pilot project of 2 years to provide free counselling for young carers. They can offer up to 12 sessions of counselling with a qualified and experienced counsellor, to provide emotional support to any young person who is affected by their caring role. If you have any questions, would like to know more about the project or would like to make referrals please feel free to contact Siwan Leach, Counselling Coordinator. Siwanl@cftc.org.uk.

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