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'Wellbeing for Education Return’ training aims to offer more support to young people’s mental health and wellbeing

Published: 18 March 2021

As a result of the pandemic, children and young people may experience a range of mental health and wellbeing issues. The majority of these issues will be normal reactions to their experiences over the last few months; others may have new, different or increased mental health needs.

To support children’s emotional health and wellbeing, £141,600 of government funding has been received to deliver ‘Wellbeing for Education Return’ courses and provide ongoing advice and support. Our Children’s Services team has been working with schools, NHS England and other external partners to locally tailor the training materials.

The course was made available to all state-funded education settings in Derbyshire, including academies, special schools, pupil referral units and alternative provision.

The training course means that teachers and education staff will be able to recognise, understand and respond appropriately to these mental health and wellbeing issues and have the confidence to support their colleagues, children and young people, parents and carers.

So far 157 educational staff from 95 educational settings have attended training with a further eight webinars planned for 2021, which it is hoped will reach a further 150 educational staff.

Cabinet Member for Young People Councillor Alex Dale said:

“The mental health and wellbeing of young people is one of my primary concerns. We’ve all been through a tough few months, and the pandemic has affected many young people.

“I am so pleased that this support package is in place and we’re helping to give teachers and education staff the tools they need to recognise issues and offer greater support for mental health and wellbeing.”

Feedback from the event shows that:

  • 94% of delegates plan to distribute information from the webinars to others in their school or educational setting
  • 98% have an increased awareness of the impact of COVID-19 on others
  • 97% have a raised awareness of specialist and wider support services in their local area
  • 97% have increased understanding of when and how to signpost to specialist and wider support services

Find more information about available mental health support.