Mental Health Support for School Age Children and Their Families
Helping Our Pupils’ Emotions
Knowing how to manage students’ strong emotions and crises has been invaluable to many schools. The HOPE Project (Helping Our Pupils’ Emotions) was established to provide mental health support to children and families in primary and secondary schools
The Hope Project trains school staff in young people’s mental health, giving tools for measuring change and wellbeing; listening skills and providing the safe framework in which schools can support and promote the resilience of children and young people using brief interventions.
About The HOPE Project
The Hope Project has been developed over the past five years and helps create positive outcomes for children that have an emotional need for support. The Hope Project trains school staff to understand the mental health of young people and to enhance their supportive, listening skills. This provision, delivered in school, complements a whole school approach to positive health and psychological wellbeing.
Hope Project schools offer a safe space in an environment where the child feels comfortable. This has additional benefits such as the adults’ familiarity with the child/family which in turn helps to create a trusting relationship.
Why Mental Health is Important in Schools
Many schools are noticing the lack of resources to support pupils’ emotional needs and an increasing wait for social and health services to get involved (https://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/apr/15/pupils-mental-health-cuts-services-stress-teachers). Knowing how to manage students’ strong emotions and crises has been invaluable to many schools. This is what The HOPE Project provides.
Training for Teachers and Support Staff
How it Works
- HOPE trains school staff to be a supportive ‘listening ear’ to the increasing numbers of troubled children and young people in schools
- The HOPE ‘listening ears’ are trained in approaches designed to prevent problems escalating and promotes a whole school approach to emotional wellbeing
- The staff are supported throughout the school year through individual supervision, group networking and free email/telephone advice
The Kind of Problems HOPE Can Help With Are:
Any aspect of family life that may be affecting your child’s emotional wellbeing These are some of the more common problems but the list is not exhaustive:
- Family change/breakup and makeup
- Low self-esteem/low confidence
- School refusal
- Illness/terminal illness
- and more than there is space to mention!
Available to all HOPE schools
Teacher Feedback from a Hope High School in Burton
“The Hope Project” has undoubtedly made a difference to students, which in turn has an impact on their parents and schools. It makes a difference to students knowing that they have allocated time which is dedicated to them where they are listened to carefully and given one-to-one support and advice. The fact The Hope Project worker is someone who is attached to our School, I believe makes it easier for students to talk to. The Hope Project is valuable in that it provides schools with another avenue of support.
Feedback from a HOPE SENCO Primary School
Because we have several pupils with various difficulties who are perhaps not quite in need of CAMHS service but are in need of some level of help. We wanted to be able to help them in school as they were finding it difficult to focus on learning when there were other things going on in their heads.