Work during 2019

School-based support teams

Starting in February 2019, support teams will start working across each pilot cluster of schools who will offer both one-to-one support and group work sessions for our pupils and parents and, where needed, signpost and refer to specialist child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS).

The sessions will give children and young people practical skills for managing a range of feelings and offer parents an opportunity to practise conversations that encourage better mental health and wellbeing.

The three boroughs in receipt of national funding will have larger support teams in place trialling newer approaches. Recruits to these roles begin as trainees for the first year – involving a mix of school placements and college-based teaching.

The final list of schools involved in the clusters of schools is being finalised – but the lead for each cluster is set out below.

  • Croydon – St Mary’s Catholic High School
  • Kingston – Tolworth Girls School
  • Merton – Ursuline High School
  • Richmond – Richmond Park Academy
  • Sutton – Greenshaw High School
  • Wandsworth – Southfields Academy

New online services and support for teachers and parents

The new online services will be available later this year – including a directory of services; online peer-to-peer support overseen by counsellors; and online one-to-one counselling.

We will also be rolling out Mental Health First Aid training for teachers and a course for parents called Empowering Parents Empowering Communities towards the end of 2019.