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
Risk factors that can impact on the wellbeing of a person and/or family. In organising events and initiatives we consider risk factors and ensure that the needs of all individuals are met. At Hartside, we take great pride in our relationships with our children and the wider community.
We will ensure our communication systems remain effective in ensuring we are consistently up to date. We will use a secure school system to record any changes in the circumstances of a child or family and we will react appropriately. This might involve internal support from school staff or an external referral to a support service. We will ensure relevant staff are informed of the change to circumstance.
Risk Factors also occur in the school itself and the wider community. These can be bullying, discrimination and peer pressure. Other significant events such as homelessness, tragic accidents and socio economic disadvantage can also impinge on the wellbeing of a family and consequently a child. We will retain strong links within our community to ensure any issues are addressed. Several staff members live in the local community and we will utilise their local knowledge to support us. We have a strong Friends of Hartside group made up of parents and volunteers. We will ensure they organise events and learning programmes to provide support, something for people to do and be involved in.
Risk factors can also affect our staff. We will recognise that at certain points in the year, things can be more challenging. We will aim to provide support at these times and ensure that staff have a voice to share their concerns or request help. The school’s community outreach worker is central to addressing these risk factors. We will ensure that this person has the capacity to provide a link to all groups and provide appropriate support.
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.
We will organise a range of events and initiatives as vehicles to support the delivery of our strategy.
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