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Strengthening the Circle: Building Resilience through Person Centred Approaches

A Programme for ‘non specialist’ staff to develop skills and knowledge on how to improve the emotional resilience and mental wellbeing of children and young people

With the growing prevalence of mental health problems in children and young people and the strong evidence linking well-being, learning and academic achievement, it is vital that mental health is no longer seen as an optional extra. The Government green paper ‘Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision’ has proposed changes to the way children and young people’s mental health is managed in schools. Including the introduction of a Designated Mental Health Lead in every school, mental health support teams in schools and lessons in mental wellbeing as part of the PSHE syllabus.

Aim of the Programme

Our Strengthening the Circle Programme is designed to strengthen the skills, confidence and competence of people working in non-specialist roles with children and young adults to help support their mental wellbeing . This can be within a single school, group of schools or across a geographic area involving several agencies. 

Delivery is planned so that attendees can share and cascade learning and tools to enable the resources and approaches to be embedded and sustained within a single site or across organisations working in the same area. All materials are included, along with option for additional support to help participants prepare for effective cascade training. 

Who is it for?

This programme is most effective when it is aimed at the right people, e.g. those in relevant job roles (non-clinical), working directly with children and young people and where they feel their pre-existing knowledge of mental health can be enhanced. These include:

  • School based staff: SEN Coordinators, Pastoral Leads, Teachers, Safeguarding Leads, Mental Health Leads, Teachers, Teaching Assistants, school or college counsellors, school or college nurses etc
  • Workers from voluntary, community or faith organisations
  • Youth workers
  • Health visitors
  • Youth participation workers
  • Care leaving teams

Programme Structure

  • Initial Assessment Following consultation with you,  Commissioners, Children and Young People and other key stakeholders in your area, we will help you identify key priorities for learning outcomes in your area and who the training should be offered to. Participants will be asked to complete an online self-assessment questionnaire. The information from these self-assessments will help shape the content of the sessions to the specific needs of the group, and also to measure progress.
  • 3 x  1 day Workshops at 3-4 weekly intervals, for up to 15 participants.  
    These will be interactive sessions involving skills development and practice.  Participants will be expected to try out new approaches in between sessions and reflect on their learning and experiences. 
  • Practical Support to help with implementing new knowledge and skills into practice.
    This can be in the form of mentoring or small action learning groups.

The programme structure and costs will depend on the complexity and size of your organisation which is flexible to include:

  • Optional extra modules: additional team or site visits, post programme survey and evaluation, additional mentoring support and/or reflective sessions to capture examples of change or best practice during the programme.

Participants will be able to cascade the training, tools and resources to colleagues and others supporting children and young people so that the training can have maximum impact for children and young people in their area. Additionaly this programme can be delivered as a “Train the Trainer” module where we help you to develop a plan for cascading the training within your local area. 

For more details about the programme please contact: Kate Linsky on email: [email protected] or call 01225 789135