Focusing on children’s emotional wellbeing and mental health is one of our priorities at Abbotswood. In the curriculum and through our assemblies, we ensure children understand that mental health is as important as physical health and that it needs to be looked after in the same way. We also discuss the fact that mental health may not be constantly good but can be improved using strategies that can be learned and practised.
Two staff are currently undertaking the DfE funded Senior Mental Health Lead training - Ms Brocklesby (Deputy Headteacher) and Mr Adams (Behaviour Support Worker) and they are also liaising with the Hampshire CAMHS Schools’ Operational Group to increase the support we can offer within the school. We also have a Parent Support Adviser who families can talk to.
This is our Positive Mental Health policy
If you are concerned that your child needs more support than we currently offer them, please contact their class teacher, Ms Brocklesby or Mr Adams.
There is a wealth of information available to help you support your child at home:
Resources families might like to use from Hampshire Local Authority:
Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
Place2Be - ‘supporting your child's mental health’
YoungMinds are a mental health charity for children, young people and their parents, making sure all young people can get the mental health support they need: