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Aim to Achieve
Kingswinford Academy will aim to instil a strong, positive approach to mental health and well being
throughout our community of students, staff and parents.
We want to enable all members of our community to thrive as we recognise that poor mental health and
wellbeing will affect our community reaching their Academic and Personal potential. We aim to create a
culture of positive mental health and well being across the community, where staff and students feel
comfortable and confident to talk about their mental health and support is readily available for all students
This work will link with our PHSE and RSE curriculum intent, with the aim to generate healthy discussion
amongst our students about risk factors that could impact on their mental health and how to seek support if
they need it, in order to lead a healthy lifestyle. This will be supported through quality first teaching, and
targeted support where needed. (Curriculum intent and Attendance intent)
In having a coordinated and strategic approach we can ensure that we are not merely responding to issues
but being proactive.
What Inclusion and Effective Mental Health Interventions Mean to Us?
● Providing visible leadership for mental and emotional health and wellbeing that is embedded in the
academy’s strategic priorities and policies.
● Embedding and promoting a positive ethos, an inclusive and tolerant culture and a sense of belonging
for all members of the school community.
● Focus on developing staff skills through a programme of optional CPD and ways for staff to manage
their own wellbeing.
● All staff are aware of processes and procedures for support and referral when there are concerns
about a child’s mental health and/or wellbeing.
● An awareness of risk factors, protective factors and adverse childhood experiences and how they can
impact on a child’s mental health and wellbeing.
● Educating all members of the school community on matters associated with Mental Health and
● Embedding of all National Mental Health Events during the school year, increasing mental health and
wellbeing through awareness, education, and stigma reduction.
● Embedding mental health and wellbeing activities and initiatives both inside and outside of the
classroom environment to ensure that action is proactive and not reactive.
● Working in collaboration with others e.g., other schools, the community, external agencies.
● Listening to the child’s voice and ensuring their voice is heard at all levels.
● Having guidance to support children’s mental health and wellbeing in the process of transition.
● Early intervention and help, which is specific to each individual child, ensuring their needs are met
● Involvement and engagement with parents and making modifications to support parents’ mental
health and wellbeing.
● Providing opportunities for parents to engage and support mental health and wellbeing, inclusive of
running events which involve parents.
● Providing all members within the school community with information, signposting to external support,
which will be useful around emotional wellbeing and mental health.
● Evaluating the impact of intervention and the progress an individual child is making.
● Sharing knowledge of assessment tools, intervention and progress with other staff and parents (where
Strengths in our Current System
● Our Student Support Centre provides a safe space for students to go when they are struggling with
their mental health
● Kingswinford has strong links with agencies who work with our most vulnerable students
● There is a referral system where staff can raise their concerns for students regarding their mental
health and wellbeing
● CPOMS is used to record and safeguard our students, with categories to report mental health concerns
and also to report causes for concern related to emotional wellbeing
● We provide our LGBTQ+ community with a support group where they meet once a week with our
school LGBTQ+ staff ambassador to discuss any issues or concerns they have
● ASPIRE days provide other opportunities for students to discuss and learn about different aspects of
mental health and wellbeing
● Kingswinford raises awareness of mental health and wellbeing on World Mental Health Awareness Day
and Mental Health Awareness Week through assemblies and tutor activities to highlight issues and
encourage students to take part in activities that promote positive mental health and wellbeing
● There is an ‘open door’ policy among middle and senior leaders to allow staff and students to access
support when needed
● Student wellbeing ambassadors are available each lunchtime as a drop in service for all students
● Outside agencies are used for more specialised support such as Reflexions, The What Centre, and Black
Country Woman’s Aid
● We Use surveys such as Pass, SDQ and Boxall profiles to triage support needed for students
Mental health Foundation How to Guides
Mental Health & Wellbeing Signposting
A collection of links which provide guidance and support for parents/carers and/or young people. All websites listed have access to parent/carer/young people information guides, activities and a wide range of valuable and interactive resources. Please explore these links; they offer valuable support and material. You are not alone.
Advice and Guidance: Local Support
Active Black Country works collaboratively with a range of local partners to inspire and enable people to lead an active lifestyle and to care for their wellbeing, creating a broad and diverse range of opportunities. The Rainbow Booklet - Active Black Country
Black Country Womens Aid supports survivors of abuse and exploitation.
Dudley Education & Child Psychology Service aims to enhance learning, development and emotional wellbeing of children and young people in the borough.
Dudley Mind aims to improve, promote and enhance a better quality of life for people living across the Black Country affected by poor mental health.
Better Together Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust provides a wide range of integrated mental health services to children, adults and older people across the communities of Dudley and Walsall.
Dudley Safeguarding People Partnership advice for parents, carers or those working with children.
Dudley Virtual School provide resources to help support children and young people and those who support them at this very challenging time.
Let's Get healthy Dudley aims to support you to make healthy lifestyle changes.
Phase Trust believes that every child and young person has value, whether they know it or not.
Reflexions (the Mental Health Support Team), works with local schools, providing low level Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) intervention. The Reflexions Team
Reach Out Dudley A local campaign in Dudley to encourage people to talk about suicide and raise awareness of support services available to them.
Rethink - Black Country Emotional Support Helpline: A freephone service for those in need of support, reassurance and understanding. This telephone based service is open 365 days and no referral is required. Anyone experiencing emotional distress, Carers, friends or family who require support about someone they know: 0808 802 288 / email@example.com
Safe and Sound Dudley's community safety partnership.
The WHAT Centre Dudley provides holistic mental health and wellbeing support to all young people in the Borough.
West Midlands Violence Reduction Unit aims to keep people safe and free of violence in their lives.
Advice & Guidance : National Support
Place2Be is one of the UK’s leading children's mental health charities. There is a wealth of information for parents/carers and young people to access, including information guides, resources and podcasts.
Beat provides support and information about eating disorders.
Childline one of UK’s leading support agencies for children.
Edward's Trust supports children and families facing loss and surviving bereavement.
FRANK provides support and advice on drugs and alcohol.
Kooth provides a safe and secure means of accessing mental health and wellbeing support designed specifically for young people. This is an online service.
Me and My Mind supports young people struggling with unusual experience such as hearing voices.
Mermaids supports transgender, nonbinary and gender- diverse children, young people and their families.
Mind provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
NHS provide mental health and wellbeing advice and guidance.
No Panic is a charity offering support to people who suffer with panic attacks and who are living with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).
NSPCC National Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children – this website contains a wealth of advice and resources.
Papyrus Confidential support for those at risk of suicide and others who are concerned about them.
Refuge provides help and support to young people affected by domestic violence.
Samaritans is a charity open 24/7 for anyone who needs to talk.
Shout 85258 is a free confidential, 24/7 text support service.
Stonewall Information and support for all young lesbian, gay, bi and trans people. This website contains a wealth of information.
The Anna Freud National Centre is a children’s mental health charity providing advice, support for young people and their families.
The Children's Society is a national charity working to transform the hopes and happiness of young people facing abuse, neglect and exploitation.
The Mix Essential support for under 25s.
Winston's Wish supports children and young people after the death of a parent or sibling.
Young Minds is one of the UK's leading charities for children and young people's mental health.
Advice and Guidance: Local and National Support:
CEOP Child Exploitation and Online Protection.
NSPCC Online safety advice.
NSPCC Online parental controls.
INEQE A safeguarding hub with lots of training resources and videos about staying safe online.
Izone Dudley website providing support.
Safe and Sound Stay safe on social media, advice from Dudley’s community safety partnership.
Childnet works directly with children and young people from the ages of 3-18, as well as parents and carers.