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Well-Being at WCPS

For some children and young people, difficulties in emotional and social development can mean that they require additional and different provision in order for them to achieve. Some children and young people may have immature social skills and find it difficult to make and sustain meaningful relationships. We may identify changes in presentation such as becoming withdrawn or isolated, as well as through challenging, disruptive or disturbing behaviour.

We have clear processes to support our students, including how we manage the effect of any disruptive behaviour so it does not adversely affect other pupils. Our behaviour policy is implemented across the school.

At WCPS we are developing a well-being team which we hope will impact positively on the welfare of all our school community. Click here for more information. As part of this initiative we are developing an in-house referral protocol to help match students to provision in a timely and effective manner.

We currently have the following provision available:

  • Mini-mindfulness course. Small group 4 sessions
  • ‘Happy in my skin’ Self-esteem course. Small group 6 sessions.
  • Sensory Circuits. Small group 8-10 week course.
  • After school Yoga (there is a charge for this group).
  • School Counsellor
  • Friendship clubs (KS1)
  • Peer mentoring
  • Evidence-based targeted work with individuals
  • Well-being nurture group (6 sessions)

Work of this type in schools has been shown to improve behaviour, learning, emotional literacy and mental health.

We also work in partnership with our colleagues in the Children’s Centres and the NHS. We are able to make referrals for appointments with Family Workers, the School Nursing Team, the Emotional Wellbeing Service, CAMH and Community Paediatrics.

Parents can get advice and make referrals for their children at CHUMS which is a great on-line resource for children, parents and schools.

Additionally, you may find these links useful:

Mental health (CAMH): http://www.cpft.nhs.uk/training/cambridgeshire-primary-care-child-and-adolescent-mental-health-services-central-team.htm

‘Keep your head’, a mental health website for children and young people:  http://www.keep-your-head.com/