Worryingly, over two children in every primary school class will have a diagnosable mental health condition and one child in eight will have one or more mental health conditions at any time. With half of all diagnosable mental health disorders established by the age of 14, there is a strong case to promote children and young people’s mental health.
Up until now, school teams and support staff have not had clear information about robust, evidence-based tools to help them measure and monitor wellbeing – the toolkit provides a practical step by step guide to achieve this.
The toolkit will be of interest to senior leadership teams and those with particular responsibilities for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), inclusion, Personal Social Health and Economic education (PSHE), welfare or pastoral support and mental health support. It will also be of interest to partners from the health, voluntary and community service sector who are supporting schools and colleges to improve mental health outcomes for children, young people and their families.
To help schools and colleges think through why and how they might choose to measure student mental wellbeing
To encourage schools and colleges to make use of, and to signpost them to a range of validated (tried and tested/ robust) survey questions and instruments that can help them to do this.
To share insights from schools and colleges that are doing this already.