We are committed to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of our children and young people.
Needless to say, the last couple of years have had a significant impact on the lives of many of our students. The pandemic has meant that children have spent less time in school and socialising with their peers.
We know that this can have negative consequences for young people’s mental wellbeing, whether that is feelings of isolation, or anxiety and stress due to disruptions in their education. Whatever the issue, we want to ensure that all of our students feel able to reach out for help if ever they need it.
As a trust, The White Horse Federation is dedicated to reviewing practices and guidance to ensure we are continuously able to provide a supportive and positive learning environment for our students.
As part of this, one of TWHF’s trustees, Lisa Nel, has drafted new guidance on the signs our staff should be looking out for in children who may be struggling with anxiety or stress.
Lisa has more than 30 years’ experience of working in education, counselling and is a director of I’m OK, You’re OK, a counselling and training organisation, and practises as a therapist and supervisor, alongside delivering independent specialist CPD training in counselling children and young people.
This new guidance has been shared among all of our staff and can be viewed here. https://thewhitehorsefederation.org.uk/downloads/What-to-look-out-for-in-Children-and-Young-People-for-staff-and-parents-LN-2022.pdf