Keeping Children Safe in Education
The DfE has revised and updated its guidance
The Department for Education has revised its guidance for schools and colleges on keeping children and young people under the age of 18 safe. The updated and revised version of ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ strongly emphasises that everyone in a school or college – not just teachers – must identify concerns, share information and take prompt action. The guidance sets out two processes for school and college staff to follow – one to be used when there are concerns about a child and a different one if a child is in immediate danger or is at risk of harm.
The document also sets out instances of poor practice which include failing to act on the early signs of abuse and neglect, poor record keeping, failing to listen to the views of a child, failing to re-assess concerns when situations do not improve, sharing information too slowly and not challenging those who don’t seem to have taken any action.
For the purposes of the guidance, ‘safeguarding’ and ‘promoting the welfare of children’ are defined as protecting children from maltreatment, preventing impairment of a child’s health or development, ensuring that children are cared for safely and effectively and taking action to make sure all children have the best outcomes.
Visit the website to find out more about the new Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance.
Poor mental health and wellbeing is increasing in girls
Research highlights the effect social media has on young people
According to a recent study, ‘Longitudinal Study of Young People in England cohort 2: health and wellbeing at wave 2’, for the Department for Education, the mental health and wellbeing of teenage girls in England has declined in the last ten years. The study found that young people are now more serious and suffering increased psychological distress. The study links this decline with social media, technology, pressures from parents, single-parent families and worries about the tough competition for jobs and somewhere to live.
Meanwhile Sue Naughton-Marsh, a pychotherapist who specialises in helping people get rid of stress, anxiety and panic suggests that a ‘digital detox’ which involves reducing the amount of time spent on a mobile device or online, can help young people focus on what’s important to them and could have a positive impact on their mental health and wellbeing.
To find out more about a digital detox, visit the Young Minds website.
Cafe culture comes to the Hope Service in Epsom
Last month, The Hope Service in Epsom reinvented itself as a cafe and welcomed guests from Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SABP) and Surrey County Council. The event was part of the Hope Service Summer Activity Programme which aims to engage with young people who attend the Hope Service over the summer break.
Kooth – opening the door for mental health support
Those taking part were free to lend a hand however they wanted, and took up a range of roles from looking after front of house to cooking and waiting tables. Young people gained insight to the work that goes into creating a pop-up cafe.
As a result of the great turn out at the cafe, the dedicated staff at Hope have committed to running more pop-up cafés throughout the year during holiday periods.
How young people can get help and support even without a referral
Surrey CAMHS now offers preventative support to children and young people who don’t have a referral via Kooth. Kooth is a confidential and anonymous online service for young people, specifically developed to make it easy and safe for young people to access mental health support as and when they need it, while removing any associated stigma.
Once signed up, Kooth users have access to BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) trained counsellors available until 10pm, 365 days a year, peer-to-peer support through moderated forums, and a range of self-help materials, co-written by other young people.
Any young person aged 11 – 19 with a Surrey postcode can access the service for free.
You can watch the new Kooth video here.
Read more about Kooth.
Recruit Crew is one of the projects that the CAMHS Rights and Participation team organises to enable young people to get involved in how CAMHS is run
Recruit Crew is one of the projects that the CAMHS Rights and Participation team organises to enable young people to get involved in how CAMHS is run. CYA (CAMHS Youth Advisors) members attend interviews with people going for roles within the mental health services. This means they’re able to provide feedback from a young person’s perspective.
Recruit Crew interviewed 12 people for various professional posts and many of these interviews were successful.
CYA hold groups around the county for children and young people and you can find a group near you
CYA in schools
CYA West runs every other Wednesday from 4 October at Bisley Youth Centre, 5.30 – 7.30pm.
Bisley Youth Centre
194 Guildford Road
CYA Woking is held at Quadrant Court in Woking every Thursday from 5.30 - 7.30pm. The group takes part in a variety of consultation work as well as games and having food.
CYA Redhill runs every other Wednesday from 28 September at Gatton Place, 5 - 7pm. This group is slightly smaller and is arts and craft based. The group is currently planning a clinic makeover and artwork will be created to decorate the waiting rooms.
For more information about CYA groups contact the team on:
01483 519 571
A project that aims to reduce stigma and raise awareness of mental health in schools and colleges
CYA in Schools (CYAIS) is a project that aims to reduce stigma and raise awareness of mental health in schools and colleges. This is done by a group of CYA members who present to students to tell them about good mental health and the work of CAMHS and CYA. Presentations usually take place during an assembly, lesson or lunch break.
CYA Awards 2017
We have lots of talks planned for this term and we now offer our talks in primary schools. If you would like us to come into your school for a talk or workshop then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Planning for the CYA awards ceremony 2017 is underway and nominations are now open
Our Perspective training
Planning for the CYA awards ceremony 2017 is underway and nominations are now open. For all young people, nomination forms will be in CAMHS clinic waiting rooms along with a nomination box to post completed forms. Professionals should have already received nomination forms. If you know a young person with a talent such as singing or dancing who may like to perform at the awards ceremony, audition packs can be found at CAMHS clinics and should be completed and taken to auditions which will take place at the end of the year.
Find out what it’s like to access mental health services from young people
This is our training for CAMHS professionals which gives an insight of what it is like to be a young person accessing mental health services. The training receives a high level of positive feedback, and once professionals have completed their first training session they can attend a follow up session in six weeks.
To find out more about Our Perspective training and book a place, visit the website or email email@example.com.
Find out how we're engaging with young people with special educational needs or a disability
Surrey County Council has launched a major change programme with partners to improve services for children and young people in Surrey with special educational needs and a disability (SEND).The SEND programme aims to ensure children and young people’s special educational needs (SEN) are identified, assessed and met.
To further our engagement with young people with SEND we have set up a series of projects.
SEND Voices (Our Voices Matter)
This will help children and young people get support to have a voice, make a difference to SEND services, and to shape and develop services in collaboration with other key partners.
It will allow young people to take part in SEND participation, to empower them as individuals, as a group or network, whilst shaping SEND services to be subsequently more user led and children and young people friendly. This includes children and young people with complex needs through working in partnership with the Disability Challengers group, and other hard to reach groups through local and countywide partners.
We’re doing the following:
- Creating a SEND magazine for children and young people in school & college
- Being involved in any upcoming commissioning projects
- Being trained to be part of an interview panel for recruitment within SEND
SEND Voices runs every Thursday from 5.30 – 7.30pm at Quadrant Court in Woking.
Come and join us
We are always looking for young people to join CYA and SEND Voices and get involved
We are always looking for young people to join CYA and SEND Voices. If you know any young people who would like to get involved, they can contact us to find out more. Professionals can pass on a young person’s details (providing you have permission) and we will contact them as soon as we can.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Tel: 01483 519 571
Six ways to improve wellbeing
Follow six simple steps to look after your mental health
Are you looking for ways to help someone improve their mood? The Wheel of Wellbeing is a really simple tool that can help reduce someone’s risk of depression. It’s made up of six easy steps which together can help lead happier lives. They are:
Mind: keep learning – this includes finding a new hobby and just starting something new.
Body: be active – small amounts of exercise can boost mental alertness, reduce stress and anxiety, as well as increase self-esteem.
Planet: care – this can include anything from recycling and reducing food waste, to turning off lights and getting on your bike.
Spirit: give – volunteering in free time or simply saying thank you all counts.
Place: take notice – people are more likely to understand themselves better if they pay attention to surroundings. Visit the NHS website to find out more about ‘mindfulness’.
People: connect – face to face interaction can improve mental health. After school and lunchtime activities are great ways for young people to stay connected.
For more information about ways to improve mental health and wellbeing, visit the Healthy Surrey website. See details about a forthcoming Wheel of Wellbeing workshop under the ‘Events’ section.
Case study: The Magna Carta School in Runnymede
How one school in Surrey has made good mental health a priority
Funding from the Surrey Educational Grant has enabled the Magna Carta School in Runnymede to offer students a new wellbeing programme. The programme includes launching a new mental health app MyTeenMind, a wellbeing zone, yoga classes, and useful signposting to promote positive mental health and wellbeing.
Clare Erasmus, head of mental health and wellbeing at the school explains more: “We try to encourage students who show signs of anxiety to take part in our activities and control their mind and deal with situations that arise”.
Students at the school have taken the wellbeing programme in their stride and have got involved in various ways. Along with trained counsellors, student ambassadors are on hand to encourage young people to talk about any worries they may have, while other students were involved in creating the app specifically designed for young people by young people. The students worked with Surrey charity Woking Mind to develop the free app which features a tracker to monitor mood swings and it's packed with information on where to get help inside and outside school.
Any young person can download the app for free on Android or Apple devices. Find out more online.
If you work at a school that’s doing something to encourage good mental health and wellbeing we’d love to hear from you. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to tell us your story.
Quit smoking services in Surrey
Know someone who needs a bit of help?
Quit 51 is the provider for stop smoking services in Surrey. In addition to helping people go smoke-free, they also now provide free training to practitioners who might want to support those who are trying to give up. Training takes a number of forms including:
- Brief advice: Quit 51 can come to staff meetings and provide a briefing on how to use the service.
- Level 1: This is one-hour training to learn more about how to engage with and support someone with a referral to Quit 51.
- Level 2: This is a two-day course to become a Stop Smoking Adviser. During the training you also complete the online National Centre for Smoking Cessation Training (NCSCT) module. On completion practitioners can offer full cessation support to young people.
If you or your colleagues are interested or would like more information, contact email@example.com, or book a place for the Level 2 training online.
This year’s Stoptober campaign starts on 1 October which encourages smokers to quit smoking for 28 days. Research shows that if you can stop smoking for 28 days, you’re five times more likely to stop for good. To find out more about Stoptober, visit the website.