Vision Statement for Mental Health and Wellbeing
At Hartside Primary, we aim to make sure that 'Every child makes progress and succeeds'. This is what drives us, is fundamental to every policy we have in place and every lesson we teach. We believe that our school curriculum is far bigger than the National Curriculum and we aim to support and guide children in a fun and friendly way to achieving their goals.
The children enjoy a R.I.C.H. Curriculum at Hartside. This refers to:
- Children’s Choices
- Hands on
Wellbeing is central. An engaged child is a happy child and the strands of R.I.C.H. drive this. We ensure that our staff and wider community feel valued and included; they take an active role in the life of our school through a variety of events and initiatives.
Not everyone can feel happy all of the time, we aim to provide a network of support for everyone to access in a way that is appropriate to their needs and feelings. This is achieved through our specially trained staff, our links to partner agencies and highly effective communication tools.
- Parents and Carers
- Wider Families
- The School Community
National Evidence of Effective Interventions
There is good quality evidence for the benefits of improving mental health and wellbeing for children, young people and their families and the cost effectiveness of interventions which can:
- Promote wellbeing and resilience with resulting improvements in physical health, life expectancy, educational outcomes, economic productivity, social functioning, and healthier lifestyles;
- Prevent mental illness, health risk behaviours and associated physical illness, inequalities, discrimination and stigma, violence and abuse, and prevent suicide;
- Deliver improved outcomes for people with mental illness as a result of early intervention and evidence based mental health care and recovery approaches
Extract from County Durham Children & Young People’s Mental Health, Emotional Wellbeing and Resilience Transformation Plan
How are we going to achieve our strategy?
Partnership working is fundamental to our plan. We will ensure that staff are trained to feel confident and respond appropriately to any concerns raised. We will establish links to support networks locally and signpost to national charities.
We will work with all of our priority groups to earn their trust and ensure that they have access to the right support at the right time.
Good, effective communication is fundamental to our strategy. We will ensure that our channels remain open and accessible without fear of prejudice.