Mental Health (Adult and Child).
Nurseries, childminders, schools and colleges will understand that some children and young people may be experiencing feelings such as anxiety, stress or low mood as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
There are online resources available to help you and your child with mental health, including:
MindEd is a free educational resource from Health Education England on children and young people's mental health.
MindEd has e-learning applicable across the health, social care, education, criminal justice and community settings. It is aimed at anyone from beginner through to specialist.
Rise Above aims to build resilience and support good mental health in young people aged 10 to 16.
Every Mind Matters
Every Mind Matters includes an online tool and email journey to support everyone to feel more confident in taking action to look after their mental health and wellbeing.
Bereavement UK and the Child Bereavement Network
Barnardo’s See, Hear, Respond service provides support to children, young people and their families who aren’t currently seeing a social worker or other agency, and who are struggling to cope with the emotional impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19).
You can access via the ‘See, Hear, Respond’ service self-referral webpage or Freephone 0800 151 7015.
Reporting safeguarding concerns - NSPCC
It is also vital to report any safeguarding concerns you have about any child. Contact the NSPCC helpline.
The NSPCC website has a range of resources that are useful for supporting children and young people’s mental health - NSPCC Learning
Psychological First Aid
Developed by Public Health England, specifically for frontline, essential workers and volunteers.
This free course teaches the key principles of giving psychological first aid in emergencies and aims to increase awareness and confidence to provide this support to people affected by COVID-19 (this could be both employees and service users).
By the end of the course, outcomes will include:
- Understanding how emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic can affect us
- Recognising people who may be at increased risk of distress
- Understanding how to offer practical and emotional support
Introduction to Adverse Childhood Experiences and Early Trauma
This free online learning covers:
- An Introduction to ACEs
- Brain Development in the Early Years
- The Impact of Childhood Adversity
- Social, Health and Community Impacts of ACEs Early Trauma
- Protective Factors
- Looking at ACEs Through a Trauma Informed Lens
- Building Resilience
Trauma Informed Practice Webinars for all Early Years Practitioners and PVIs
Rotherham Local Authority, along with others in South Yorkshire and Sheffield Hallam University, have come together with Trauma Informed Schools UK to provide three webinars, FREE of charge for all early years practitioners and PVIs. Research evidence shows that the adults who work with young children can have a powerful, positive and long-lasting impact on their emotional and social well-being as well as their cognitive outcomes. To maximise the power of these caring relationships, practitioners need to understand how young children’s brains are shaped by their early experiences and how they can respond to and support children who have experienced trauma.
This knowledge and understanding is especially important at the moment when we are facing the added stresses and trauma of a global pandemic. These webinars provide an overview of the impacts of trauma and provide practical ways in which you can respond to help and support the young children in your care. Facilitated by Susan Gregg, Assistant Headteacher at Swinton Fitzwilliam Primary and Associate Leader for RoSIS, these webinars will take place after school from 15:30 on the following dates:
- Webinar 1: Traumas of Omission Part One – Tuesday 19th January
- Webinar 2: Traumas of Omission Part Two – Thursday 28th January
- Webinar 3: Traumas of Commission – Thursday 4th February
These webinars can be booked via Eventbrite - Trauma Informed Practice Webinars for Early Years Practitioners.
And will also hold the webinars, primarily for PVI settings but other colleagues are welcome to join, at a later time of 18:30 on the following dates:
- Webinar 1: Traumas of Omission Part One – Tuesday 9th February
- Webinar 2: Traumas of Omission Part Two – Thursday 25th February
- Webinar 3: Traumas of Commission – Tuesday 2nd March
These webinars can be booked via Eventbrite - Trauma Informed Practice Webinars for all PVIs.
Attendance at all three sessions is required to ensure maximum impact from the webinars. Funding has been secured from the local authorities within the region and from Sheffield Hallam University to make these webinars available free of charge to all early years practitioners. The webinars are available to view at any time by contacting RoSIS; however, we believe a facilitated approach will make the sessions more engaging and have a sustained impact.
Following these sessions, a network will be organised to bring colleagues together for practitioners to try out some of the ideas, bring them back and share how they went with each other.
Full details of the webinars are available via the TISUK webinar flyer and joining instructions will be sent for each session with the confirmation of booking email along with the booklet of slides.